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Optimal consumption choice with intolerance for declining standard of living

  • Frank Riedel

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    (Institute of Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University)

Duesenberry introduced the notion of a ratchet investor who does not tolerate any decline in her consumption rate. We connect the demand behavior of such an agent to the behavior of standard time-additive agents. A ratchet investor demands the running maximum of the optimal plan a conventional time-additive investor with lower initial wealth would choose.

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Paper provided by Bielefeld University, Center for Mathematical Economics in its series Working Papers with number 394.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:bie:wpaper:394
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