Li, Defu and Bental, Benjamin
(2019):
*A Generalized Growth Model and the Direction of Technological Progress.*

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## Abstract

Based on a general growth model, this paper finds that the steady-state direction of technological progress is determined by the scale return of the production function and the relative factor supply elasticities. A specific version of that model extends Acemoglu (2002) to provide the underlying determinants of the supply elasticities and demonstrates that the relative price (Hicks, 1932) and relative market size (Acemoglu, 2002) have only a short-term impact on the direction of technological progress. A consequence of the analysis is that the steady-state technological progress is purely labor-augmenting (i.e. delivers Uzawa’s steady-state theorem) if and only if the scale return of the production function is constant and the supply elasticity of capital is infinite. Analogously, an infinite labor supply elasticity is required if labor-augmenting technological progress is to be excluded prior to the Industrial Revolution. Accordingly, changing factor supply elasticities may have induced the Industrial Revolution.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | A Generalized Growth Model and the Direction of Technological Progress |

English Title: | A Generalized Growth Model and the Direction of Technological Progress |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Economic Growth, Direction of Technological Progress, Returns to Scale, Factor Supply Elasticities, Uzawa’s Steady-State Theorem, Industrial Revolution |

Subjects: | E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E1 - General Aggregative Models > E13 - Neoclassical E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy > E25 - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Innovation ; Research and Development ; Technological Change ; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences ; Diffusion Processes O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O41 - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models |

Item ID: | 96509 |

Depositing User: | Defu Li |

Date Deposited: | 15 Oct 2019 07:13 |

Last Modified: | 15 Oct 2019 07:13 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/96509 |