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Comparisons of stationary distributions of linear models

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In this note, I compare stationary distributions of the linear model Xn+1=anXn+bn, where an and bn are non-negative random variables. I show that an increase of the variability of an and/or bn causes a less equal stationary distribution in terms of the Lorenz dominance. The result is useful in studies of wealth and income distributions.

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  • Zhu, Shenghao, 2013. "Comparisons of stationary distributions of linear models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(2), pages 221-223.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:2:p:221-223
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.02.024
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    1. Jess Benhabib & Alberto Bisin & Shenghao Zhu, 2011. "The Distribution of Wealth and Fiscal Policy in Economies With Finitely Lived Agents," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 79(1), pages 123-157, January.
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    Keywords

    Comparisons; Lorenz dominance; Stationary distributions; Linear models;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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