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Capital Accumulation and Habit Formation

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  • Ronald Wendner

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This paper investigates the impact of habits on savings and steady state capital intensity. Within the framework of an OLG economy with productive capital, a rise in the strength of habits increases savings if the steady state is asymptotically stable. Consequently, the steady state capital intensity as implied by an OLG model with habits is higher compared to the case with time-separable utility. If, however the initial steady state is unstable, a rise in the strength of habits lowers savings.

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  • Ronald Wendner, 2002. "Capital Accumulation and Habit Formation," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(7), pages 1-10.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-02d90007
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    1. Luca Gori & Mauro Sodini, 2014. "Indeterminacy and nonlinear dynamics in an OLG growth model with endogenous labour supply and inherited tastes," Decisions in Economics and Finance, Springer;Associazione per la Matematica, vol. 37(1), pages 159-179, April.
    2. Masako Ikefuji & Kazuo Mino, 2009. "Internal vs. External Habit Formation in a Growing Economy with Overlapping Generations," KIER Working Papers 676, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
    3. SCHUMACHER, Ingmar & ZOU, Benteng, 2006. "Habit in pollution. A challenge for intergenerational equity," CORE Discussion Papers 2006006, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    4. Alonso-Carrera, Jaime & Caballé, Jordi & Raurich, Xavier, 2008. "Estate taxes, consumption externalities, and altruism," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(7), pages 1751-1764, July.
    5. Belbute, José & Caleiro, António, 2009. "Measuring the Persistence on Consumption in Portugal," MPRA Paper 15116, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Belbute, José & Caleiro, António, 2010. "Cross Country Evidence on Consumption Persistence," MPRA Paper 22008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Tetsuo Ono, 2002. "Is habitual consumption harmful to the environment?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 17(1), pages 1-10.
    8. Schuhmacher, Ingmar & Zou, Benteng, 2011. "Pollution perception. An inquiry into intergenerational equity," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 371, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
    9. Takeshi Nakata, 2007. "Habit Formation, Parents' Education Spending, and Growth," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 5(2), pages 1-9.
    10. Simone Valente, 2006. "Notes on Habit Formation and Socially Optimal Growth," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 06/48, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
    11. Luciano Fanti, 2012. "Habits, aspirations and endogenous fertility," Discussion Papers 2012/142, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
    12. Jos� BELBUTE & Ant�nio CALEIRO, 2009. "Measuring Persistence On Consumption In Portugal," Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova, vol. 4(2(8)_ Sum).

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    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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