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Hicksian Traverse Revisited: Conditions for the Energy Transition


  • Adrien Nguyen-Huu

    () (CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - FRE2010 - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UM - Université de Montpellier - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier)

  • Antonin Pottier

    (EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)


In this article, we analyze the transition dynamics, what Hicks called the traverse, from one equilibrium toward another one, and the conditions for such a transfer in a bi-sectoral economy under technological shocks. To this end, we revisit the Hick Traverse model and add to it inter-sectoral relations in the form of intersectoral consumption of energy for both the energy and the manufacturing sector. We investigate two distinct assumptions about consumption behavior of manufactured goods. We show that our model extends Hicks' one and leads to the same condition for a good traverse path, independently from the net energy return. We highlight that energy production technologies nevertheless provide constrains on viable states of the economy and its maximal growth rate, and that energy consumption technologies impact investment and prices crucially.

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  • Adrien Nguyen-Huu & Antonin Pottier, 2019. "Hicksian Traverse Revisited: Conditions for the Energy Transition," CEE-M Working Papers hal-01966173, CEE-M, Universtiy of Montpellier, CNRS, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpceem:hal-01966173
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    1. Lavoie, Marc & Ramirez-Gaston, Pablo, 1997. "Traverse in a Two-Sector Kaleckian Model of Growth with Target-Return Pricing," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 65(2), pages 145-169, March.
    2. Solow, R M, 1984. "Mr. Hicks and the Classics," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 36(0), pages 13-25, Supplemen.
    3. Henry, J. & Lavoie, M., 1997. "The Hicksian traverse as a process of reproportioning: some structural dynamics," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 8(2), pages 157-175, June.
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    energy economy; traverse analysis; Hicks Traverse; fixed production technology; equilibrium analysis; sectoral economy;

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