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A Second-Order Approximation to Technology Choices

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  • Orlando Gomes

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Resources used in scientific activities are, as any other, scarce. Hence, the economic system has, in every time moment, to choose how to allocate technological inputs. A technology choices model is developed, where scarce scientific resources are alternatively allocated to basic science activities and to applied technology uses. We find that saddle path stability holds for a not too high intertemporal discount rate. The accomplished result is found for a generic quadratic objective function, that is, for a second-order Taylor series approximation of a felicity function regarding technology development goals.

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  • Orlando Gomes, 2004. "A Second-Order Approximation to Technology Choices," GE, Growth, Math methods 0409007, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0409007
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    Keywords

    Technology; Optimal control; Transitional dynamics; Saddle- path stability; Taylor-series expansion;
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    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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