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Endogenous growth, population dynamics, and returns to scale

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posted on 2023-08-05, 11:31 authored by James Heintz, Nancy Folbre

This paper begins with a description of those long-run macroeconomic growth models we like the best—those that allow for endogenous growth or fertility—but that we nonetheless consider unpersuasive. It then turns to an exposition of an alternative model that combines features of endogenous growth models with endogenous population dynamics in a way that allows for more realistic microeconomic foundations. The final discussion of policy implications returns to the emphasis on the role of social institutions acknowledged in early overlapping generations models.



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