TEL  Vol.4 No.6 , June 2014
Work and Income Sharing in a Rural Economy: Effect on Economic Growth and Welfare

An endogenous growth model is developed to explore the effect of work and income sharing (WIS) on economic growth and welfare in a developing rural economy. The practice of WIS is a mechanism which converts incremental diversity of risk into volatility reduction and overall welfare gain. However, the effect on economic growth is sector specific. WIS in the intermediate goods sector has a pro-growth effect through higher investment returns while in the agricultural sector it has an anti-growth effect through lower precautionary savings. WIS also decreases the level of regional government subsidies needed to achieve the optimal growth rate.

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Iwai, N. and Thompson, S. (2014) Work and Income Sharing in a Rural Economy: Effect on Economic Growth and Welfare. Theoretical Economics Letters, 4, 386-396. doi: 10.4236/tel.2014.46050.
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