A Theory of Economic Growth: Dynamics and Policy in Overlapping Generations

A Theory of Economic Growth: Dynamics and Policy in Overlapping Generations

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David de la Croix
Cambridge University Press, 1998-10-23
EAN 9780521001151, ISBN10: 0521001153

Hardcover, 398 pages, 22.9 x 22.8 x 15.2 cm

Provides an in-depth treatment of the overlapping generations model in economics incorporating production. Chapter 1 investigates competitive equilibria and corresponding dynamics: existence and uniqueness of equilibrium, global dynamics of capital (including poverty traps), and various extensions of the model. Chapter 2 analyzes the optimality of allocations in this framework, using both the value function and marginal approaches. Optimality with unbounded growth is also analyzed. Policy issues including the Second Welfare Theorem, pensions, government spending, and optimal taxation, are discussed in chapter 3. The notion of public debt is introduced in chapter 4 and the sustainability of policies with budget deficits/surpluses is examined. The last chapter presents extensions of the model including altruism, education/human capital, and habit formation. Methodological emphasis is put on using general preferences and technologies, on the global study of dynamic aspects of the model, and on furnishing adequate tools to analyze policies involving inter-generational transfers.

'A comprehensive, up-to-date primer on the dynamics of growth theory and fiscal policy, written by two recognized experts in the field. For graduate students, researchers and policy-makers, this book illustrates how to harness solid economic theory in the service of cutting-edge debates about education, social security reform, and public debt management.' Costas Azariadis, University of California, Los Angeles