Endogenous Growth and Negative Exernalities
Univ. of Siena, Dept. of Econ. Working Paper No. 270
26 Pages Posted: 21 May 2000
Date Written: November 1999
In this paper, the expansion of private production erodes the quality of commonly owned goods, thereby forcing individuals to rely increasingly on private goods to satisfy their needs. In the face of this deterioration, households keep their labor supplies and saving rates relatively high in spite of their increasing private wealth. By so doing, each household contributes to an increase in production and thus has a detrimental -- though negligible -- impact on commonly owned goods. Perpetual growth is the outcome of this self-fueling process. Since long-run growth results from a coordination failure, it may be higher than socially desirable.
Keywords: common property, defensive expenditure, coordination failure, undesirable growth, environmental assets, social assets, substitution process, self-fueling process
JEL Classification: O40, Q20
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