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Indeterminacy with no-income-effect preferences and sector-specific externalities

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  • Guo, Jang-Ting
  • Harrison, Sharon G.

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We examine a two-sector real business cycle (RBC) model with sector-specific externalities in which household utility exhibits no income effect on the demand for leisure. Unlike in the one-sector counterpart, indeterminacy can result with sufficiently high returns-to-scale in the investment sector. Moreover, the smaller the labor supply elasticity, the lower the level of externalities needed for indeterminacy. This finding is the opposite of that in all existing RBC-based indeterminacy studies. Finally, in contrast to previous sunspot-driven two-sector RBC models, our economy is able to match the stylized facts that sectoral labor inputs are positively correlated and consumption is procyclical.

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Volume (Year): 145 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 287-300

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:145:y:2010:i:1:p:287-300

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Keywords: Indeterminacy Income effect Sector-specific externalities;

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  1. Magris, Francesco, 2012. "Indeterminacy and multiple steady states with sector-specific externalities," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 2664-2672.
  2. Kazuo Nishimura & Alain Venditti, 2010. "Indeterminacy and expectation-driven uctuations with non-separable preferences," KIER Working Papers 702, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  3. Juin-Jen Chang & Jang-Ting Guo & Jhy-Yuan Shieh & Wei-Neng Wang, 2013. "Sectoral Composition of Government Spending and Macroeconomic (In)stability," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 13-A010, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

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