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Decentralizing the Stochastic Growth Model

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  • Jean-Pierre DANTHINE
  • John B. DONALDSON

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The objective of this paper is to propose a number of alternative decentralized interpretations of representative agent style stochastic growth economies and to explore their implications for the generality of this model construct. Under our first interpretation, firms exist forever and undertake all multiperiod investment decisions while consumer-worker-investors only own financial claims to the firm's output. This contrasts with the more standard decentralization approach where firms exist on a period-by-period basis and consumer-workerinvestors have direct title to the economy's capital stock. Under our second interpretation shareholders hire a manager who undertakes the firm's investment decisions in conformity with his incentive contract. The time series properties of the shareholder-manager economy are seen to replicate those of the analogous representative agent economy if and only if the manager's contract assumes a specific form. This suggests the time series properties of an economy where incentive contracts such as stock option plans are pervasive will differ from those of more standard real business cycle models.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 02.05.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2002
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Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:02.05

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Keywords: stochastic growth model; business cycles; delegated management;

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  2. Francesco Busato & Bruno Chiarini, 2002. "Consumption And Income Smoothing," Working Papers 2_2002, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
  3. Addessi, William & Busato, Francesco, 2009. "Fair wages, labor relations and asset returns," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 5(4), pages 410-430, December.
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