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Income effects and indeterminacy in a calibrated one-sector growth model

  • Jaimovich, Nir

This note analyzes how the indeterminacy of competitive equilibrium in one-sector growth models depends on the magnitude of the households' income effect on the demand for leisure. Since I am interested in quantitatively characterizing regions of indeterminacy, I use the Jaimovich and Rebelo [N. Jaimovich, S. Rebelo, Can news about the future drive the business cycle? Mimeo, Northwestern University, 2007] preferences that span a wide range of income effect values. I find that indeterminacy can occur for levels of aggregate-returns-to-scale that are well within recent empirical estimates. For these regions of indeterminacy, the model, when driven solely by sunspot shocks, generates second-moment properties that are consistent with the U.S. data at the business cycle frequency.

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Volume (Year): 143 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 610-623

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