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Global indeterminacy in locally determinate real business cycle models

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  • Tarek Coury
  • Yi Wen

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We investigate the global dynamics of real business cycle models with production externalities. We confirm that purely local analysis does not tell the full story. With externalities smaller than required for local indeterminacy, local analysis shows the steady state to be a saddle, implying a unique equilibrium. However, global analysis reveals that the steady state is surrounded by stable deterministic cycles. Our analysis suggests that indeterminacy is more pervasive than previously believed, and the results strengthen the view that caution should be exercised when linearized versions of this class of real business cycle models are used in applied work.

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  • Tarek Coury & Yi Wen, 2009. "Global indeterminacy in locally determinate real business cycle models," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 5(1), pages 49-60, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ijethy:v:5:y:2009:i:1:p:49-60
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-7363.2008.00102.x
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