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Multiple equilibria, fiscal policy, and human capital accumulation

  • Jaime Alonso-Carrera
  • María Jesús Freire-Serén

This paper shows that in a three-sector model of endogenous growth with physical and human capital accumulation, taxation policy can generate indeterminacy under plausible parameterizations. The key for this result is that the accumulation of human capital is a non-market activity in which individuals combine their non-working time with intermediate goods that are provided by the market. This assumption is consistent with the microfoundations of human capital accumulation found by the literature on life-cycle earnings.

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada in its series Working Papers with number 0204.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:vig:wpaper:0204
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