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Can Heterogeneous Preferences Stabilize Endogenous Fluctuations?

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  • Stefano Bosi

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    (EPEE, Université d’Evry)

  • Thomas Seegmuller

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    (CNRS and EUREQua)

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    While most of the literature concerned with indeterminacy considers a representative agent, some recent works have investigated the role of heterogenous agents on dynamics. This paper adds a contribution to the debate, stressing the effects of heterogeneity in consumers’ preferences within an overlapping generations economy with capital accumulation and consumption in both periods. We show that such an heterogeneity can stabilize fluctuations in many cases, by simply reducing the range of parameters compatible with indeterminacy.

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    Paper provided by Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne in its series Documents de recherche with number 05-09.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:05-09

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    Keywords: Endogenous fluctuations; heterogeneous preferences; overlapping generations;

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    1. Christian Ghiglino & Marielle Olszak-Duquenne, 2005. "On The Impact Of Heterogeneity On Indeterminacy," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 46(1), pages 171-188, 02.
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