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On the optimal control of pollution in a human capital growth model

  • Stefano Bosi
  • Lionel Ragot

On the one hand, the adoption of polluting technologies can enhance the factor productivity; on the other hand, pollution lowers the stock of human capital by weakening physical and mental performances, and short-ening the life expectancy at the end. To capture the impact of pollution on economic growth, we compute the optimal policy in an endogenous growth model `a la Lucas (1988) and we study the effects of pollution in the short and the long run.

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Paper provided by University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2013-25.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2013-25
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