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Characterizing the Sustainability Problem in an Exhaustible Resource Model

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  • Tapan Mitra
  • Geir B. Asheim
  • Wolfgang Buchholz
  • Cees A. Withagen

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The Dasgupta-Heal-Solow-Stiglitz model of capital accumulation and resource depletion poses the following sustainability problem: is it feasible to sustain indefinitely a level of consumption that is bounded away from zero? We provide a complete technological characterization of the sustainability problem in this model without reference to the time path. As a byproduct we show general existence of a maximin optimal path under weaker conditions that those employed in previous work. Our proofs yield new insights into the meaning and significance of Hartwick's reinvestment rule.

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  • Tapan Mitra & Geir B. Asheim & Wolfgang Buchholz & Cees A. Withagen, 2012. "Characterizing the Sustainability Problem in an Exhaustible Resource Model," CESifo Working Paper Series 3758, CESifo.
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    sustainability; maximin;

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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development

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