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Endogenous Growth and Consumption Aggregation


  • Nicole Tabasso

    (University of Surrey)


In this paper general CES consumption preferences are introduced into an endogenous growth model `a la Bernard, Eaton, Jensen, and Kortum (2003) and Eaton and Kortum (2001). This is in contrast to the more generally used assumption of logarithmic preferences. The paper shows that the CES preference structure does not alter the expected profits from engaging in R&D and therefore the growth path. This is proof that the analytically more convenient logarithmic preferences do not sacrifice generality. It is argued that the driving force behind this result is the common assumption of undirected research.

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  • Nicole Tabasso, 2012. "Endogenous Growth and Consumption Aggregation," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0712, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
  • Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:0712

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    CES Preferences; Endogenous Growth; Research;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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