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When are Comparative Dynamics Monotone?

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A common problem in dynamic economic theory is to determine when an increase in a parameter and/or an initial condition increases the future dynamics of a theoretical economy. This paper provides conditions that are necessary and sufficient for making statements of this type. The result is applicable to situations with a single agent or with many agents in the presence or absence of uncertainty. The result holds for general notions of what it means for a parameter, an initial condition or even the dynamics of a model to be increasing.

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Paper provided by Georgetown University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number gueconwpa~03-03-12.

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Date of creation: 12 Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:geo:guwopa:gueconwpa~03-03-12

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  2. Leonard J Mirman & Olivier F. Morand & Kevin L. Reffett, 2004. "A Qualitative Approach to Markovian Equilibrium in Infinite Horizon Economies with Capital," Levine's Bibliography 122247000000000224, UCLA Department of Economics.
  3. Mark Huggett, 2004. "Precautionary Wealth Accumulation," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 71, pages 769-781, 07.
  4. Manjira Datta & Leonard Mirman & Kevin Reffett, . "Nonclassical Brock-Mirman Economies," Working Papers 2179544, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
  5. Becker, Daniel Thomas, 2008. "A technical note on comparative dynamics in a fiscal competition model," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 83, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
  6. Olson, Lars J. & Roy, Santanu, 2005. "Theory of Stochastic Optimal Economic Growth," Working Papers 28601, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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