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Stability Properties in a Growth Model

  • Pelloni, A.
  • Waldmann, R.

The inclusion of a labour/leisure choice in endogenous growth models has interesting and somewhat counter-intuitive effects. In existing one sector models, a condition for indeterminacy is that labour demand is upward-sloping, which is difficult to reconcile with the evidence. In this paper we give conditions for indeterminacy in a one sector model with decreasing returns to labour. We show that this requires that consumption and leisure are both highly intertemporally substitutable while the factors of production are highly complementary.

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Paper provided by European University Institute in its series Economics Working Papers with number eco97/11.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco97/11
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  1. Benhabib, Jess & Gali, Jordi, 1995. "On Growth and Indeterminacy: Some Theory and Evidence," Working Papers 95-08, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
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