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|Title:||The macroeconomics of TANSTAAFL |
Steger, Thomas M.
|Issue Date:||2011 |
|Series/Report no.:||Working Paper // Universität Leipzig 101|
|Abstract:||This paper shows that dynamic inefficiency can occur in dynamic general equilibrium models with fully optimizing, infinitely-lived households even in a situation with underinvestment. We identify necessary conditions for such a possibility and illustrate it in a standard R&D-based growth model. Calibrating the model to the US, we show that a moderate increase in the R&D subsidy indeed leads to an intertemporal free lunch (i.e., an increase in per capita consumption at all times). Hence, Milton Friedman's conjecture There ain't no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL) may not apply.|
|Subjects:||intertemporal free lunch|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||Working Papers, Universität Leipzig|
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