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Business cycle fluctuations and learning-by-doing externalities in a one-sector model

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We consider a one-sector Ramsey-type growth model with inelastic labor and learning-by-doing externalities based on cumulative gross investment (cumulative production of capital goods), which is assumed, in accordance with Arrow [4], to be a better index of experience than the average capital stock. We prove that a slight memory effect characterizing the learning-by-doing process is enough to generate business cycle fluctuations through a Hopf bifurcation leading to stable periodic orbits. This is obtained for reasonable parameter values, notably for both the amount of externalities and the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. Hence, contrary to all the results available in the literature on aggregate models, we show that endogenous fluctuations are compatible with a low (in actual fact, zero) wage elasticity of the labor supply

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  • Hippolyte d'Albis & Emmanuelle Augeraud-Véron & Alain Venditti, 2012. "Business cycle fluctuations and learning-by-doing externalities in a one-sector model," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 12026, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
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    Keywords

    One-sector infinite-horizon model; learning-by-doing externalities; inelastic labor; business cycle fluctuations; Hopf bifurcation; local determinacy;

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    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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