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Social Status, Labour Market Frictions and Endogenous Growth

Hung-Ju Chen, Dongpeng Liu and Xiangbo Liu
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Dongpeng Liu: Nanjing University
Xiangbo Liu: Renmin University of China and IMI

The Japanese Economic Review, 2018, vol. 69, issue 2, No 7, 226-250

Abstract: Abstract This paper develops an endogenous growth model that incorporates wealth-enhanced preferences for social status and labour market frictions to investigate the role of social status in determining unemployment and long-run growth. We show that the increase in the desire for social status reduces the unemployment rate, but its effect on long-run growth is unclear. We then calibrate our model to the US economy and find that an increase in the desire for social status lowers the unemployment rate and enhances the economic growth rate in the long run.

Keywords: E21; J64; O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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