Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85557
Authors: 
Ayres, Robert U.
van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M.
Year of Publication: 
2000
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 00-068/3
Abstract: 
The nature of energy and material resources in an endogenous growththeory framework isclarified. This involves three modifications of the conventionaltheory. Firstly, multiple feedbackmechanisms or “growth engines” are identified. Secondly, a productionfunction distinguishesbetween resource use, technical efficiency and value creation.Thirdly, the impact of the cost ofproduction through demand on growth is accounted for. A formal modelis analytically solvedunder a condition of a constant growth rate. Given model complexity,numerical experiments areperformed as well, providing relevant insights to the academic andpolitical debates on‘environmental Kuznets curves’ and ‘dematerialization’.
Subjects: 
dematerialization
environmental Kuznets curve
feedback mechanisms
production function specification
resource scarcity
value creation
JEL: 
O11
O33
O41
Q32
Q43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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