Date Added: Jul 2009
Consumption requires time. Also, higher-quality goods provide more utility per unit of time, though at a higher monetary cost. Since time is limited, higher income is decreasingly spent augmenting the quantity of consumption and increasingly spent upgrading its quality. After analyzing these consumer quantity/quality choices, the paper investigates its implications for growth. As a country develops, quality growth becomes increasingly important as a component of GDP growth. Furthermore, technical progress is increasingly quality-biased. Lower income inequality as well as progressive consumption taxes raises the scale of output while reducing average quality.