Homogeneity Masquerading as Variety: The Case of Horizontal Innovation Models
Korea University - Department of Economics
Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 379-392, 2007
The literature on horizontal innovation claims to analyse cases where unbounded endogenous growth comes from an increasing variety of intermediate goods. The present paper contends that a good sample of representative models in this literature share two essential assumptions regarding production technology, and that these assumptions together amount to assuming the homogeneity of various intermediate goods. In these models, there is no variety of intermediate goods to increase owing to R&D activities; what increases is a mass of a single homogeneous intermediate good.
Keywords: Horizontal innovation, Dixit-Stiglitz technology
JEL Classification: E13, O41Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 16, 2008
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