|Title:||Endogenous growth and recycling : a material balance approach|
|Authors :||Pittel, Karen|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||ETH Zürich|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Zürich|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Series :||Economics Working Paper Series|
|Subject (DDC) :||363: Environmental and security problems|
|Abstract:||In this paper we analyze the importance of recycling in the strive for sustainable development. In contrast to former approaches we emphasize the role of the waste stock as a source of valuable inputs. We enhance a Romer (1990) type endogenous growth model by a material balance condition that reflects the circulation of matter in the economy. Differentiated intermediate products are produced from recycled waste and virgin resources. These material intermediates are then employed in the production of final output. They either end up as waste after consumption or are bound in the capital stock depending on the utilization of the produced output. We show that, even in the absence of environmental policy, long-run development is sustainable in this economy. The intuition is, that, as waste is a valuable resource in our model, not recycling part of it, cannot be optimal in the long-run.|
|Departement:||School of Management and Law|
|Organisational Unit:||Center for Economic Policy (FWP)|
|Publication type:||Working paper – expertise – study|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen School of Management and Law|
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