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Occupational Choice and Dynamic Indeterminacy

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  • Kazuo Mino

    (Ozaka University)

  • Koji Shimomura

    (Kobe University)

  • Ping Wang

    (Vanderbilt University)

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This paper construct a two-sector model of two-period lived overlapping generations with endogenous occupational choice where ability-heterogeneous agents choose whether to become educated when young. We show that the steady-state equilibrium can be locally indeterminate even under linear preferences and constant-returns Cobb-Douglas production technologies, regardless of the factor-intensity rankings. Thus, endogenous occupational choice can result in dynamic indeterminacy without complicate preferences/technologies and without requiring the consumption-good production $more capital-intensive. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Kazuo Mino & Koji Shimomura & Ping Wang, 2005. "Occupational Choice and Dynamic Indeterminacy," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 8(1), pages 138-153, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:8:y:2005:i:1:p:138-153
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2004.10.001
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    1. Varvarigos, Dimitrios & Gil-Moltó, Maria José, 2016. "Endogenous Market Structure, Occupational Choice, And Growth Cycles," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 20(01), pages 70-94, January.

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    Keywords

    occupational choice; overlapping generations; indeterminacy of equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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