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Genuine Dissaving and Optimal Growth

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  • Simone Valente

    (ETH Zurich - Institute of Economic Research)

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Green accounting theories have shown that negative genuine savings at some point in time imply unsustainability. Consequently, recent studies advocate the use of the genuine savings measure for empirical testing: a negative index implies sustainability be rejected. This criterion is not forward-looking: positive current genuine savings do not rule out ’genuine dissaving’ in the future. This paper derives a one-to-one relationship between the sign of longrun genuine savings and the limiting sustainability condition in the capital-resource model: if the sum of the rates of resource regeneration and augmentation exceeds (falls short of) the discount rate, long-run genuine savings are positive (negative). Testing this limiting condition allows to reveal whether current genuine savings are delivering a false message.

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  • Simone Valente, 2005. "Genuine Dissaving and Optimal Growth," Others 0505009, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0505009
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    Keywords

    Genuine Saving; Green Accounting; Renewable Resources; Sustainable Development; Technological Progress.;

    JEL classification:

    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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