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On the existence of a Ramsey equilibrium with endogenous labor supply and borrowing constraints

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In this paper, we study the existence of an intertemporal equilibrium in a Ramsey model with heterogenous discounting, elastic labor supply and borrowing constraints. Applying a fixed-point argument by Gale and Mas-Colell (1975), we prove the existence of an equilibrium in a truncated bounded economy. This equilibrium is also an equilibrium of any unbounded economy with the same fundamentals. Finally, we prove the existence of an equilibrium in an infinite-horizon economy as a limit of a sequence of truncated economies. On the one hand, our paper generalizes Becker et al. (1991) because of the elastic labor supply and, on the other hand, Bosi and Seegmuller (2010) because of a proof of global existence. Our methodology can be also applied to other Ramsey models with different market imperfections.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne in its series Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne with number 11045.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Keywords: Existence of equilibrium; Ramsey model; heterogeneous agents; endogenous labor supply; borrowing constraint.;

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  1. Cai, Yiyong & Kamihigashi, Takashi & Stachurski, John, 2014. "Stochastic optimal growth with risky labor supply," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 167-176.

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