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Transition dynamics in the neoclassical growth model : The case of South Korea

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Title Transition dynamics in the neoclassical growth model
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The case of South Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Chang, Yongsung; Hornstein, Andreas

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[VIrgina]:Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Date 2011-07
Series Title; No Working Paper / 11-04
Pages 30
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < General
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Abstract

Many cases of successful economic development, such as South Korea, exhibit long periods of sustained capital accumulation rates. This empirical feature is at odds with the standard neoclassical growth model which predicts initially high and then declining capital accumulation rates. We show that minor modifications of the neoclassical model go a long way towards accounting for the transition dynamics of the South Korean economy. Our modifications recognize that (1) agriculture essentially does not use reproducible capital, and that during the transition period (2) the relative price of capital declines substantially, and (3) the nonfarm employment share increases substantially.