Polarization under incomplete markets and endogenous labor productivity
AbstractWe explore the accumulation of assets in the presence of limited insurance against idiosyncratic shocks, borrowing constraints and endogenous labor productivity due to the so-called "nutrition curve". We show that in such an environment, any stationary equilibrium is characterized by a polarized distribution of wealth. That is, there are only extremely rich and extremely poor agents.
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idiosyncratic shocks; incomplete markets; labor supply; wealth distribution;
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- Francesc Obiols-Homs & Albert Marcet, 2009. "Polarization under incomplete markets and endogenous labor productivity," 2009 Meeting Papers 356, Society for Economic Dynamics.
- D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
- D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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