Beyond the Linearity Critique: The Knife-Edge Assumption of Steady State Growth
The "linearity critique" of endogenous growth models is presented in a general context of an arbitrary growth model and reassessed. It is argued, that presence of linearities is not a valid criterion for rejecting growth models. Existence of exponential/geometrical steady- state growth (i.e. of a balanced growth path with strictly positive growth rates) necessarily requires some knife-edge condition, which is not satisfied by typical parameter values. Hence, balanced growth paths are fragile and sensitive to smallest disturbances in parameter values. Adding higher order differential/difference equations to a model does not change the knife-edge character of steady-state growth.
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