Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics
HomeAboutSeriesSubject/JEL codesAdvanced Search
Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland

No 4/2004:
Endogenous time preference, investment and development traps

Pertti Haaparanta () and Mikko Puhakka ()

Abstract: We introduce endogenous time preference via investment in patience (farsightedness) in an overlapping generations growth model to study development traps. There is no investment in patience, if the economy is very poor, while if it is wealthy enough there is always such investment. We explore the conditions for the existence of the development trap, and study in detail a robust example of an economy with traps. It does not exist, if the economy's total factor productivity is large enough. Our results illustrate the complementarity between physical investment and investment in farsightedness. Our model may also explain why economic growth is affected by initial conditions. In addition we show that increased international capital mobility does not necessarily help economies to escape from development traps.

Keywords: development trap; overlapping generations; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I30; O11; O16; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, March 5, 2004

Before downloading any of the electronic versions below you should read our statement on copyright.
Download GhostScript for viewing Postscript files and the Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing pdf files.

Full text versions of the paper:

dp0404.pdf    PDF-file
Download Statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Päivi Määttä ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson () or Helena Lundin ().

Programing by
Design by Joachim Ekebom

Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofitp:2004_004 This page was generated on 2014-12-14 19:21:15