Optimal growth, genuine savings and long-run dynamics

Simone Valente

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Green accounting theories have shown that negative genuine savings at some point in time imply unsustainability. Consequently, recent studies advocate the use of the genuine savings measure for empirical testing: a negative index implies that sustainability be rejected. However, this criterion cannot ascertain sustainability, because positive current genuine savings do not rule out genuine dissaving in the future. This paper derives a one-to-one relationship between the sign of long-run genuine savings and the limiting condition for sustained utility in the capital-resource growth model, assuming technical progress and resource renewability. This result suggests to extend the genuine saving method to include a test of the limiting condition: if this condition is empirically rejected, positive current genuine savings are delivering a false message.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-226
Number of pages17
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Issue number2
Early online date28 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Genuine saving
  • optimal growth
  • net investments
  • sustainability
  • technological progress

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