Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 8 No. 1 (Winter 1994)


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Endogenous Growth Theory: Intellectual Appeal and Empirical Shortcomings

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Pack, Howard. 1994. "Endogenous Growth Theory: Intellectual Appeal and Empirical Shortcomings." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 8(1): 55-72.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.8.1.55


This paper examines whether the recent theoretical insights stemming from endogenous growth theory have provided a better guide to explaining actual growth experience than the neoclassical model. The paper considers the available empirical evidence on a number of related subjects, including the slowing of growth in the OECD countries over the last two decades; the acceleration of growth in several Asian countries since the early 1960s; studies of the determinants of growth in a cross-country context; and sources of the differences in international productivity levels. It concludes that the empirical confirmation, so far, of endogenous growth theory is limited.

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O40: Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity: General


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