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R&D-Based Models of Economic Growth

Charles Jones ()

Journal of Political Economy, 1995, vol. 103, issue 4, 759-84

Abstract: This paper argues that the 'scale effects' prediction of many recent R&D-based models of growth is inconsistent with the time-series evidence from industrialized economies. A modified version of the Romer model that is consistent with this evidence is proposed, but the extended model alters a key implication usually found in endogenous growth theory. Although growth in the extended model is generated endogenously through R&D, the long-run growth rate depends only on parameters that are usually taken to be exogenous, including the rate of population growth. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

Date: 1995
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