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Welfare Implications of Non‐scale R&D‐based Growth Models

Thomas Steger ()

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2005, vol. 107, issue 4, 737-757

Abstract: Non‐scale R&D‐based growth models imply that the decentral and the socially optimal long‐run growth rate coincide. Nonetheless, the distortions inherent in a market economy bias both the R&D investment share and the saving rate. As a result, the level of the balanced growth path may differ substantially between the two types of solution, implying a dramatic loss in welfare. The present paper explores the sources and magnitude of this gap. In addition, the consequences of public policies are examined, distinguishing between isolated policy measures from an overall policy programme.

Date: 2005
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