Transitional dynamics and economic growth in the neoclassical model

R. G. King, S. T. Rebelo

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Neoclassical transnational dynamics are a central element of standard macroeconomic theory. Quantitative experiments with the fixed-savings-rate models of the 1960s showed lengthy transitions, thus potentially rationalizing sustained differences in growth rates across countries. We investigate quantitative transitional dynamics in various neoclassical models with intertemporally optimizing households. Lengthy transitions occur only with very low intertemporal substitution. Generally, when one tries to explain sustained economic growth with transitional dynamics, there are extremely counterfactual implications. These result from the fact that implied marginal products are extraordinarily high in the early stages of development. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)908-931
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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