# state the aggregate production function for the Caribbean economy.

**state the aggregate production function for the Caribbean economy.**

The Cobb-Douglas production function was developed by Charles Cobb and Paul

Douglas in 1927.Subsequent work by Cobb and Douglas, and others, has shown

that the output elasticities of capital and effective labour were approximately 1/3

and 2/3 respectively for a range of countries.

Suppose that aggregate production in a Caribbean country can be described by a

similar function. In this country, the average annual growth rate of per capita

real GDP since 1980 is 4.0%, the capital stock depreciates at an average rate of

8.4%, the population growth rate is 1.2%, and the country adopts technology at a

rate of 3.5% each year.

(a) Using the above information, state the aggregate production function for the

Caribbean economy. [3]

(c) Assuming that the Solow model of growth is an appropriate model of growth

for the Caribbean economy, determine each of the following at the Golden Rule

level: (i) capital stock per effective worker [6] (ii) output per effective worker [2]

(iii) saving rate [2] (iv) investment [2] and (v) consumption [2]. Round your

answers off to three decimal places.

(d) Next, suppose that the initial capital stock per effective worker for this

economy in 1980 was 0.09 units. Using Excel, determine in what year the

Caribbean economy would reach its Golden Rule steady state. Format your

values to three decimal places. [3]

(e) Assume that the average tax rate between 1980-2013 was 8.4%. Using Excel,

determine the year in which the Caribbean economy would reach its Golden Rule

steady state. Format your values to three decimal places. [3]