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Endogenous Macroeconomic Growth Theory

Elhanan Helpman

NBER Working Paper No. 3869 (Also Reprint No. r1773)
Issued in October 1991
NBER Program(s):   EFG

The paper focuses on the innovation-based approach to endogenous growth. It begins by spelling out conditions for sustained long-run growth in neoclassical economies and uses these conditions as a standard of comparison for the conditions required to sustain long-run growth in economies with product innovation. It presents two models of product innovation that can sustain growth in the long run. The models share the same fundamental mechanism of economic growth. They are used to derive a variety of implications relating structural features to long-run growth rates and they are then applied to a number of policy issues. The usefulness of the approach represented by these models is examined by considering a number of issues, such as unemployment and trade relations.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3869

Published: European Economic Review 36, pp. 237-267 (1992). citation courtesy of

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