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Quasi-geometric discounting: A closed-form solution under the exponential utility function

  • Lilia Maliar
  • Serguei Maliar

This paper studies a discrete-time utility maximization problem of an infinitely-lived quasi-geometric consumer whose labour income is subject to uninsurable idiosyncratic productivity shocks. We restrict attention to a first-order Markov recursive solution. We show that under the assumption of the exponential utility function, the problem of the quasi-geometric consumer admits a closed-form solution. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd and the Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research, 2004.

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Volume (Year): 56 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 201-206

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