Growth through taxes or borrowing? A model of development traps with public capital

Roberto Burguet, Jorge Fernández-Ruiz

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    Abstract

    We consider a simple model of growth in an economy with public capital. The government finances public capital with tax revenue or debt. This results in areas of increasing returns to scale and different (sets of) feasible steady states that are determined by initial conditions. With a balanced budget, it may not be feasible to move from low to high income levels. In this case, external debt may be the only way out of such a development trap, provided the world interest rate is low enough.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)327-344
    JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

    Keywords

    • Development traps
    • External debt
    • H54
    • O23
    • O40
    • Public capital

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