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Career Interruptions: A Neglected Aspect of a Neoclassical Model

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  • Emin Gahramanov

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  • Xueli Tang

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There is voluminous literature on the reasons behind career interruptions, ranging from maternity leave and organizational layoffs, to national service and human capital acquisition. We show that a standard, neoclassical model of intertemporal consumption/saving and labor/leisure choices without any friction can generate multiple career interruptions as a natural outcome of a consumption/leisure smoothing exercise performed by perfectly rational agents. Given the complexity of such a model, and to be consistent with traditions from the optimal control branch of mathematics, we use advances in numerical optimal control to solve a neoclassical problem.

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Paper provided by Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in its series Economics Series with number 2014_1.

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Date of creation: 11 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:dkn:econwp:eco_2014_1

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Keywords: Career interruptions; Life-cycle consumption and labor-leisure; Bounded control; Pseudospectral optimal control.;

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  1. Emin Gahramanov & Xueli Tang, 2014. "Impatient in Experiments, but Patient in Simulations: A Challenge to a Neoclassical Model," Economics Series 2014_2, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

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