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COMPETITION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: A CRITICAL SURVEY OF THE THEORETICAL LITERATURE

Alessandro Scopelliti ()

Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, 2010, vol. 5, issue 1(11)_Spring2010, 70-93

Abstract: The paper examines the relationship between competition and economic growth, in the theoretical framework described by endogenous growth models, but with a specific interest in the policy implications. In this perspective, the key issue in the debate can be presented as follows: do competition policies always create the best conditions for promoting innovation and growth? Or do they also produce some disincentives for the investment decisions in R&D, such to limit the development of industries with higher innovation? In order to answer these questions, the paper presents a survey of the theoretical literature on competition and growth and it discusses the main models of endogenous growth, both the ones based on horizontal innovation, and the ones based on vertical innovation. In particular, specific attention is paid to the most recent models of Schumpeterian growth, which show the existence of a non-linear relationship between competition and growth, by considering either the initial degree of competition or the distance from the technological frontier. Finally, the review of the previous models of endogenous growth allows drawing some conclusions about further and possible developments of research on the relation between product market competition and economic growth.

Keywords: expanding product varieties; increasing product quality; incentives for innovation; creative destruction; escape-competition effect; distance to frontier (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O33 O34 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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