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Monopolistic competition, indeterminacy and growth

  • Benhabib, Jess
  • Perli, Roberto
  • Xie, Danyang

In this paper we analyse the dynamics of both Romer's original model of endogenous growth and of a modified version where the level of labour and human capital are determined endogenously. We find that the original model can have an indeterminate Balanced Growth Path (BGP) if there is some degree of complementarity between the intermediate inputs, and if agents have a high intertemporal elasticity of substitution of consumption. Once we allow for the endogenous determination of labour and of total human capital, we find that equilibrium can be indeterminate with a much lower elasticity of intertemporal substitution of consumption. Moreover, if some modest increasing returns are introduced into the production function for human capital, the issue of global as opposed to local indeterminacy arises: this refers to situations when there exist multiple determinate BGPs, but where the global dynamics is still indeterminate from given initial conditions.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37411.

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Date of creation: 1994
Date of revision: 1994
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37411
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  1. Benhabib, Jess & Farmer, Roger E.A., 1991. "Indeterminacy and Increasing Returns," Working Papers 91-59, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
  2. Danyang Xie, 2002. "Divergence in Economic Performance: Transitional Dynamics with Multiple Equilibria," GE, Growth, Math methods 0210002, EconWPA.
  3. Farmer Roger E. A. & Guo Jang-Ting, 1994. "Real Business Cycles and the Animal Spirits Hypothesis," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 42-72, June.
  4. Lucas, Robert Jr., 1988. "On the mechanics of economic development," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 3-42, July.
  5. Mulligan, C.B. & Sala-i-Martin, X., 1992. "Transitional Dynamics in Two-Sector Models of Endogenous Growth," Papers 651, Yale - Economic Growth Center.
  6. Gali Jordi, 1994. "Monopolistic Competition, Business Cycles, and the Composition of Aggregate Demand," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 73-96, June.
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  8. Benhabib Jess & Perli Roberto, 1994. "Uniqueness and Indeterminacy: On the Dynamics of Endogenous Growth," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 113-142, June.
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