Sustainability of an Economy Relying on Two Reproducible Assets
40 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017
Date Written: December 12, 2016
Evaluating the sustainability of a society requires a system of shadow or accounting values derived from the sustainability objective. As a first step toward the derivation of such shadow values for a maximin objective, this paper studies an economy composed of two reproducible assets, each producing one of two consumption goods. The effect of the substitutability between goods in utility is studied by postulating, in turn, neoclassical diminishing marginal substitutability, perfect substitutability and perfect complementarity. The degree of substitutability has strong effects on the maximin solution, affecting the regularity or non-regularity of the program, and on the accounting values. This has important consequences for the computation of genuine savings and the sustainability prospects of future generations.
Keywords: sustainable development, maximin, sustainability accounting, substitutability
JEL Classification: O440, Q560
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