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Aggregation and Simple Dynamics

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The koyck (geometric) lag or AR(1) specification is a commonly proposed behavioral model, sometimes after differencing. The distribution of koyck lag or AR(1) coefficients across agents in an economy is shown to be completely identified just from the dynamic behavior of aggregate (macroeconomic) data. Aggregate testable implications of an economy composed of agents having koyck lags or AR(1) models are provided. Extensions to higher-order and time-varying lags are discussed. Aggregate U.S. consumption data are shown to support the hypothesis that some consumers have random-walk consumption, while the rest have ARIMA (1, 1, 0) consumption with widely varying AR coefficients. Copyright 1994 by American Economic Association.

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  • Lewbel, Arthur, 1994. "Aggregation and Simple Dynamics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(4), pages 905-918, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:84:y:1994:i:4:p:905-18
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