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Chaotic sets and Euler equation branching


  • Raines, Brian E.
  • Stockman, David R.


Abstract Some macroeconomic models may exhibit a type of indeterminacy known as Euler equation branching (e.g., the one-sector growth model with a production externality). The dynamics in such models are governed by a differential inclusion , where H is a set-valued function. In this paper, we introduce the concept of a chaotic set and explore its implications for Devaney chaos, Li-Yorke chaos and distributional chaos (adapted to dynamical systems generated by a differential inclusion). We show that a chaotic set will imply Devaney and Li-Yorke chaos and that a chaotic set with Euler equation branching will imply distributional chaos. We show that the existence of a steady state for a differential inclusion on the plane will generate a chaotic set and hence Devaney and Li-Yorke chaos. As an application, we show how these results can be applied to a one-sector growth model with a production externality - extending the results of Christiano and Harrison (1999). We show that chaotic (Devaney, Li-Yorke and distributional) and cyclic equilibria are possible and that this behavior is not dependent on the steady state being "locally" a saddle, sink or source.

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  • Raines, Brian E. & Stockman, David R., 2010. "Chaotic sets and Euler equation branching," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 1173-1193, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:1173-1193

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