Capital and interest in horizontal innovation models

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Horizontal innovation models have a common structure of three sequentially connected sectors. This structure-production of commodities by means of commodities-necessitates the compounding of interest on an input that goes through multiple production periods before the final good is produced. I argue that this aspect is missed (or deliberately assumed away) in typical horizontal innovation models and that this practice generates internal inconsistency in relation to the long run nature of the models. Though discussion is carried out in particular reference to Barro and Sala-i-Martin's 'lab-equipment' model, implications are general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-772
Number of pages18
JournalCambridge Journal of Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 9


  • Capital
  • Horizontal innovation models
  • Interest
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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