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The spirit of capitalism, social status, money, and accumulation

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  • Heng-fu Zou

    (Public Economics Division, Policy Research Department, The World Bank)

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This paper demonstrates the unambiguous existence of the Tobin portfolio-shift effect in the wealth-is-status and the spirit-of-capitalism models of growth. Namely, higher inflation leads to higher capital stock in the long run, and inflation increases the endogenous-growth rate of the economy.

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  • Heng-fu Zou, 1998. "The spirit of capitalism, social status, money, and accumulation," CEMA Working Papers 99, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
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    1. Fisher, Walter H. & Hof, Franz X., 2005. "Status seeking in the small open economy," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 209-232, June.
    2. Shaw, Ming-Fu & Lai, Ching-Chong & Chang, Wen-Ya, 2005. "Anticipated policy and endogenous growth in a small open monetary economy," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 719-743, September.
    3. Christian Schoder, 2017. "A Keynesian Dynamic Stochastic Disequilibrium model for business cycle analysis," Working Papers 1701, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics.
    4. Shiyuan Pan & Mengbo Zhang & Heng-fu Zou, 2013. "The Effects of Patent Protection: A Growth Model with Status Preference," CEMA Working Papers 574, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
    5. Michaillat, Pascal & Saez, Emmanuel, 2014. "An economical business-cycle model," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 86332, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    17. Ken-ichi Hashimoto, 2004. "Intergenerational Transfer and Effective Demand," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 5(1), pages 1-13.
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    19. Kunting Chen, 2012. "Analysis of the Great Divergence under a Unified Endogenous Growth Model," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 13(2), pages 317-353, November.
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    Keywords

    spirit of capitalism; social status; money; growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • O42 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Monetary Growth Models

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