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solow model, Macroeconomics
Q1. The poorest countries in the world have a per capita income of about $600 today.
We can reasonably assume that it is nearly impossible to live on an income below half
this level (i.e., below $300). Per capita income in Australia in 2010 was about $60,000.
With this information in mind, consider the following questions.
(a) For how long is it possible that per capita income in Australia has been growing
at an average annual rate of 2% per year? (2 points)
(b) Some economists have argued that growth rates are mismeasured. For example, it
may be difficult to compare per capita income today with per capita income a
century ago when so many of the goods we buy today were not available at any
price. Suppose the true growth rate in the last two centuries was 3% per yearrather than 2%. What would the level of per capita income in 1850 have been in
this case? Is this answer plausible?
Q3. In this question, we are going to do some “normative” economics (i.e., “what ought
to be”) instead of “positive” economics (i.e., “what is”). Specifically, we will examine
whether the six countries in Q2 are investing too little or too much for the benefits of
their future generations. For this question, again consider the Solow model with labour
share of 2/3rds.
(a) Show mathematically that steadystate consumption per capita can be expressed
as c* = A(k* )1/3  dk* . Show your workings. (2 points)
(b) Maximize steadystate consumption with respect to steadystate capital per
capita—i.e., solve for ?c*
?k* using the chainrule in calculus that ?y
?x
= axa1 for a
function y = xa . Denote the steadystate level of capital per capita that maximizes
steadystate consumption per capita as kGR , where GR denotes “Golden Rule”
(see below). What is kGR as a function of the productivity parameter and the
depreciation rate? (2 points)
(c) Noting that steadystate capital will always be k* =
sA
d
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% &
3/2
for this model (why?),
what s will maximize steadystate consumption (i.e., what value for s will make
k* equal to the steadystate capital per capita that you solved in part (b))? (2
points)
(d) Macroeconomists refer to the value of s solved for in part (c) as the “Golden
Rule” (i.e., “Do unto others,…”) investment rate. The idea is that investment at
this rate will maximize consumption for future generations. Meanwhile, a lower
investment rate means that households are consuming more today at the expense
of future generations, while a higher investment rate means that all generations
are investing too much and not enjoying consuming enough of the fruits of their
labours. Based on the solution in part (c) and the investment rates in Q2, which
countries are investing too little, too much, or just right, at least according to the
Solow growth model and the Golden Rule investment rate? (2 points)
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