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Inequality and Growth: The Role of Human Capital with Heterogeneous Skills

Kirill Borissov (), Stefano Bosi (), Thai Ha-Huy () and Leonor Modesto ()
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Stefano Bosi: University of Evry

No 10090, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We extend the Lucas' 1988 model introducing two classes of agents with heterogeneous skills, discount factors and initial human capital endowments. We consider two regimes according to the planner's political constraints. In the first regime, that we call meritocracy, the planner faces individual constraints. In the second regime the planner faces an aggregate constraint, redistributing. We find that heterogeneity matters, particularly with redistribution. In the meritocracy regime, the optimal solution coincides with the BGP found by Lucas (1988) for the representative agent's case. In contrast, in the redistribution case, the solution for time devoted to capital accumulation is never interior for both agents. Either the less talented agents do not accumulate human capital or the more skilled agents do not work. Moreover, social welfare under the redistribution regime is always higher than under meritocracy and it is optimal to exploit existing differences. Finally, we find that inequality in human capital distribution increases in time and that, in the long run, inequality always promotes growth.

Keywords: human capital; heterogeneous skills (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 O15 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-dge, nep-gro, nep-hrm, nep-lma and nep-pbe
Date: 2016-07
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