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

  • Heng-fu Zou

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

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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Paper provided by China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics in its series CEMA Working Papers with number 99.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal OF Economics Volume 68, Number 3, Pages 219-233
Handle: RePEc:cuf:wpaper:99
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