Valente, Simone (2006): Trade, Envy and Growth: International Status Seeking in a Two-Country World.
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This paper analyzes international status seeking in a two-country model of endogenous growth: utility of agents in developing countries is affected by consumption gaps with the average consumer in advanced economies. By distorting terms of trade, status seeking: (i) may compensate for structural gaps in physical productivity, inducing convergence; (ii) may revert the link between trade and growth; and (iii) induces divergence when interacting with technological catching-up. In particular, envy in conjunction with catching-up predicts switchovers of growth leadership: when the advanced economy is both status- and technology-leader in the short run, convergence in interest rates - e.g. due to R&D spillovers - implies that the initially lagging economy becomes growth-leader in the long run, due to permanent price distortions induced by envy.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||CER ETH Zurich|
|Original Title:||Trade, Envy and Growth: International Status Seeking in a Two-Country World|
|Keywords:||Endogenous Growth; International Trade; Consumption Externalities; Productivity Di¤erences; Status Seeking; Technology Diffusion|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies
D - Microeconomics > D9 - Intertemporal Choice and Growth > D91 - Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
|Depositing User:||Simone Valente|
|Date Deposited:||09. Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||22. Feb 2013 18:42|