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Growth in open economies

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  • Rebelo, Sergio

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The author surveys recent growth models that try to explain the diversity among countries in rates of economic growth. The author finds that these models can generate differences in growth rates only in the absence of international capital markets. Under these models, if there were free international capital mobility, the growth rate of consumption and GNP would quickly be equalized all over the world. The author describes a simple modification of standard preferences that eliminates this implausible equalization of growth and is consistent with the fact that the savings rate is lower in poor countries than in rich countries.

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  • Rebelo, Sergio, 1991. "Growth in open economies," Policy Research Working Paper Series 799, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Environmental Economics&Policies; Economic Growth; Achieving Shared Growth; Inequality; Economic Theory&Research;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O49 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Other

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