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Endogenous growth, efficiency wages and persistent unemployment

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This paper establishes theoretical relations between the level of unemployment and the economic growth rate. In a model with a monopolistically competitive manufacturing sector and a competitive innovation sector, which both pay efficiency wages, we find that the unemployment rate exhibits an unambiguously negative impact on the long-run growth performance, as it reduces the innovative capacity of the economy. Only if efficiency levels are different across sectors, we can also establish a causal relation from the growth rate to the rate of unemployment, since less innovation shifts the burden to induce efficiency towards the manufacturing sector, thus fostering unemployment. (author's abstract)

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  • Zagler, Martin, 1999. "Endogenous growth, efficiency wages and persistent unemployment," Department of Economics Working Paper Series 66, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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    endogenous growth; product innovation; equilibrium unemployment; efficiency wages;
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    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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