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Local determinacy with non-separable utility

  • Pintus, Patrick A.

This paper introduces general formulations for both technology (with input substitution) and non-separable utility (compatible with balanced growth and stationary worked hours) into a benchmark RBC model. It is shown that intertemporal substitution and input substitutability lead to local determinacy and rule out stationary sunspot equilibria when labor demand is downward-sloping, in contrast with recent results obtained under the assumption of separable utility. The main intuition behind this result is shown to work as follows: in contrast with separable preferences, increasing the elasticity of intertemporal substitution in consumption necessarily implies decreasing the elasticity of constant-consumption labor supply, when utility is non-separable and concave, which affects unfavorably the occurrence of local indeterminacy.

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Volume (Year): 31 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 669-682

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