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Characterizing the Sustainability Problem in an Exhaustible Resource Model

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  • Tapan Mitra
  • Geir B Asheim
  • Wolfgang Buchholz
  • Cees Withagen

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The Dasgupta-Heal-Solow-Stiglitz model of capital accumulation and resource depletion poses the following sustainability problem: is it feasible to sustain inde nitely a level of consumption that is bounded away from zero? We provide a complete technological characterization of the sustainability problem in this model without reference to the time path. As a byproduct we show general existence of a maximin optimal path under weaker conditions that those employed in previous work. Our proofs yield new insights into the meaning and signi cance of Hartwick's reinvestment rule.

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  • Tapan Mitra & Geir B Asheim & Wolfgang Buchholz & Cees Withagen, 2012. "Characterizing the Sustainability Problem in an Exhaustible Resource Model," OxCarre Working Papers 083, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
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    1. Robert D. Cairns & Stellio Del Campo & Vincent Martinet, 2016. "Sustainability of an economy relying on two reproducible assets," Working Papers 2016/03, INRA, Economie Publique.
    2. John M. Hartwick & Ngo Van Long, 2017. "Sustainability with endogenous discounting," CIRANO Working Papers 2017s-19, CIRANO.
    3. Cairns, Robert D. & Martinet, Vincent, 2014. "An environmental-economic measure of sustainable development," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 4-17.
    4. repec:eee:jrpoli:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:114-121 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Mitra, Tapan & Asheim, Geir B. & Buchholz, Wolfgang & Withagen, Cees, 2013. "Characterizing the sustainability problem in an exhaustible resource model," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(5), pages 2164-2182.
    6. Geir B. Asheim, 2017. "Sustainable growth," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 49(3), pages 825-848, December.

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    Keywords

    sustainability; Maximin;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development

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