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National Debt Sustainability and the Dynamics in the Economy of Diamond

  • de la Croix, D.
  • Michel, P.

We analyze the effect of a constant debt policy on capital accumulation and provide an indepth treatment of the dynamics in the economy of Diamond. We derive the conditions for avoiding a debt crisis in both the short-run and the long-run and provide geometrical tools to analyze the issue of sustainability. There is always a level of debt enduring that any level of capital between 0 and an upper limit, and in particular the Golden rate equilibrium, exists as a steady-state equilibrium ,yet it is not necessarily stalbe. We also discuss poverty trap issues.

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Paper provided by Universite Aix-Marseille III in its series G.R.E.Q.A.M. with number 99a56.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:99a56
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