A concrete approach to mathematical modelling by Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

By Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

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Perhaps the simplest we can make is that the economy retains a constant proportion , σ, of output for it s capital stock. 35) I(t) = aQXt). 35), we now have three relations (one differentia l and two nondifferential ) among the four functions /(*) , K{t), L{t), and Q{t). To close our model we must devise a fourth . But that fourt h relation wil l close our model only if no new functions are introduced an d ensuring thi s is not always easy, as we have just discovered! , L (0 = L(0K’ . 37) β"'Κ -ι.

32) is a special case of a nondifferential , open, dynamical system. Tw o answers t o the above criticis m are now possible. Th e first is simply that , in certain circumstances, we might wish to know how fast output would grow, if capital and output were to grow at certain rates. Or , given th e labor growth rate, we might lik e t o know how fast capital must grow t o keep output risin g at a certain rate. Mor e generally, we might lik e to know how η of the η + m functions, called the endogenous functions, would respond t o hypothetical movements of the remaining m functions, called th e exogenous ones.

The water adjacent to the sides of the boat, however, exerts a force that tries to make the boat lose speed; we’ll call thi s the drag force and denote it by D. If Τ exceeds D, then the boat really wil l gain speed, or accelerate; and the greater the difference between Τ and D, the greater thi s acceleration. On the other hand, if D exceeds T, then the boat wil l actually lose speed; and the greater the difference, the greater the speed loss. Let’ s tr y t o tur n these ideas int o mathematics.

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