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Transition dynamics in the neoclassical growth model: the case of South Korea

Yongsung Chang () and Andreas Hornstein

No 11-04, Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Abstract: Many cases of successful economic development, such as South Korea, exhibit long periods of sustained capital accumulation rates. This empirical feature is at odds with the standard neoclassical growth model which predicts initially high and then declining capital accumulation rates. We show that minor modifications of the neoclassical model go a long way towards accounting for the transition dynamics of the South Korean economy. Our modifications recognize that (1) agriculture essentially does not use reproducible capital, and that during the transition period (2) the relative price of capital declines substantially, and (3) the nonfarm employment share increases substantially.

Keywords: Economic growth; Business cycles; Economic development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011
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