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When Economic Growth Is Less Than Exponential

Date Added: Jun 2009
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This paper argues that growth theory needs a more general notion of "Regularity" than that of exponential growth. The authors suggest that paths along which the rate of decline of the growth rate is proportional to the growth rate itself deserve attention. This opens up for considering a richer set of parameter combinations than in standard growth models. And it avoids the usual over-simplistic dichotomy of either exponential growth or stagnation. Allowing zero population growth in three different growth models (the Jones R&D-based model, a learning-by-doing model, and an embodied technical change model) serves as illustrations that a continuum of "Regular" growth processes fill the whole range between exponential growth and complete stagnation.