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Endogenous Discounting via Wealth, Twin-Peaks and the Role of Technology

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  • Ingmar, SCHUMACHER

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Department of Economics)

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The articles gives new answers to the following questions : One, what can be potential source of the twin-peaks of economi growth ? Two, why were some of the countries that were believed to belong to the group of low steady state countries (like Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, etc) able to reach a convergence path which led them to a high steady state ? We endogenize the time preference rate via a broad measure of wealth and provide empirical evidence that wealth affects the discount rate negatively. We provide sufficient conditions for multiplicity of equilibria and demonstrate how endogenous discounting via wealth leads to the twin-peaks of economic growth. We prove that improvements in technology can help avoid the Twin-peaks.

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  • Ingmar, SCHUMACHER, 2006. "Endogenous Discounting via Wealth, Twin-Peaks and the Role of Technology," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006059, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
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    Keywords

    Endogenous time preference; Recursive utility; Twin-peaks of economic growth;

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    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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