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Chaos and sector-specific externalities

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  • Stockman, David R.

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Benhabib and Farmer [1996. Indeterminacy and sector specific externalities. Journal of Monetary Economics 37, 397-419] explore the possibility of local indeterminacy in a two-sector model with sector-specific externalities. They find that very small sector-specific externalities are sufficient for local indeterminacy. In this case, it is possible to construct sunspot equilibria where extrinsic uncertainty matters. In this paper, I provide a global analysis of their model revealing the existence of Euler equation branching. This branching allows for regime switching equilibria with cycles and chaotic behavior. These equilibria occur whether the "local dynamics" are determinate or indeterminate.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 12 (December)
Pages: 2030-2046

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:33:y:2009:i:12:p:2030-2046

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Keywords: Two-sector model Regime switching Global indeterminacy Cycles Chaos Differential inclusion;

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  1. Stockman, David R., 2011. "Chaos and capacity utilization under increasing returns to scale," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 77(2), pages 147-162, February.
  2. Gomes, Orlando, 2012. "Information stickiness in general equilibrium and endogenous cycles," Economics Discussion Papers 2012-46, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Raines, Brian E. & Stockman, David R., 2010. "Chaotic sets and Euler equation branching," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 1173-1193, November.

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