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Overlapping Generations Models of General Equilibrium

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    The OLG model of Allais and Samuelson retains the methodological assumptions of agent optimization and market clearing from the Arrow-Debreu model, yet its equilibrium set has different properties: Pareto inefficiency, indeterminacy, positive valuation of money, and a golden rule equilibrium in which the rate of interest is equal to population growth (independent of impatience). These properties are shown to derive not from market incompleteness, but from lack of market clearing "at infinity;" they can be eliminated with land or uniform impatience. The OLG model is used to analyze bubbles, social security, demographic effects on stock returns, the foundations of monetary theory, Keynesian vs. real business cycle macromodels, and classical vs. neoclassical disputes.

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    Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1663.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: May 2008
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    Publication status: Published in Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2d ed., 2008
    Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1663

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    Keywords: Demography; Inefficiency; Indeterminacy; Money; Bubbles; Cycles; Rate of interest; Impatience; Land; Infinity; Expectations; Social security; Golden rule;

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    3. Mark Kamstra & Robert Shiller, 2009. "The Case for Trills: Giving the People and Their Pension Funds a Stake in the Wealth of the Nation," Yale School of Management Working Papers amz2418, Yale School of Management.
    4. Brito, Paulo & Dilao, Rui, 2006. "Equilibrium price dynamics in an overlapping-generations exchange economy," MPRA Paper 699, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Brito, Paulo, 2008. "Equilibrium asset prices and bubbles in a continuous time OLG model," MPRA Paper 10701, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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