Bliss and Optimal Growth

Erdem Başçı, Ebru Voyvoda


This paper studies optimal growth when households have bliss points in their consumption sets. Optimal policies are characterized for a one-sector, discrete-time growth model with quadratic utility and linear technology. The optimal consumption function turns out to be non-linear in an essential way. Depending on the level of patience and initial capital, poverty traps, Solow-type growth and endogenous growth are possible outcomes.

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