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A Note on Barriers to Capital Accumulation and Income

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  • John Landon-Lane

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  • Peter Robertson

    () (The Unviersity of New South Wales)

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In this paper we clarify the impact that barriers to capital accumulation can have on a two-sector neoclassical growth model's ability to explain the observed differences in incomes across countries. We show that the effect of barriers to technology adoption in a two sector model is necessarily identical to a one-sector model when there are no factor market imperfections and each sector has identical technologies. We also show that this result generalizes to the case when the technologies are different across the sectors.

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  • John Landon-Lane & Peter Robertson, 2005. "A Note on Barriers to Capital Accumulation and Income," Departmental Working Papers 200509, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Economic Growth; Economic Development; Barriers; Capital Accumulation;

    JEL classification:

    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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