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Balanced growth despite Uzawa

Grossman, Gene M., Helpman, Elhanan, Oberfield, Ezra and Sampson, Thomas (2017) Balanced growth despite Uzawa. American Economic Review, 107 (4). pp. 1293-1312. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.20151739


The evidence for the United States points to balanced growth despite falling investment-good prices and a less-than-unitary elasticity of substitution between capital and labor. This is inconsistent with the Uzawa Growth Theorem. We extend Uzawa's theorem to show that the introduction of human capital accumulation in the standard way does not resolve the puzzle. However, balanced growth is possible if education is endogenous and capital is more complementary with schooling than with raw labor. We present a class of aggregate production functions for which a neoclassical growth model with capital-augmenting technological progress and endogenous schooling converges to a balanced growth path.

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Additional Information: © 2017 American Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 01:24

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