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Non-Constant Discounting in Continuous Time

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  • Karp, Larry

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This note derives the dynamic programming equation (DPE) to a differentiable Markov Perfect equilibrium in a problem with non-constant discounting and general functional forms. Beginning with a discrete stage model and taking the limit as the length of the stage goes to 0 leads to the DPE corresponding to the continuous time problem. The note discusses the multiplicity of equilibria under non-constant discounting, calculates the bounds of the set of candidate steady states, and Pareto ranks the equilibria.

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Paper provided by Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley in its series Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series with number qt0nn1t22z.

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Date of creation: 11 Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:indrel:qt0nn1t22z

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Keywords: hyperbolic discounting; time consistency; Markov equilibria; non-uniqueness;

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