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Recursive utility and optimal growth with bounded or unbounded returns

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  • LE VAN, Cuong
  • VAILAKIS, Yiannis

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In this paper we propose a unifying approach to the study of recursive economic problems. Postulating an aggregator function as the fundamental expression of tastes, we explore conditions under which a utility function can be constructed. We also modify the usual dynamic programming arguments to include this class of models. We show that Bellman's equation still holds, so many results known for the additively separable case can be generalized for this general description of preferences. Our approach is general, allowing for both bounded and unbounded (above/below) returns. Many recursive economic models, including the standard examples studied in the literature, are particular cases of our setting.

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  • LE VAN, Cuong & VAILAKIS, Yiannis, 2002. "Recursive utility and optimal growth with bounded or unbounded returns," CORE Discussion Papers 2002055, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    1. Hyun Park, 2008. "Endogenous Equilibrium Growth With Recursive Preferences And Increasing Returns," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 33(2), pages 167-188, December.
    2. Robert A. Becker & Juan Pablo Rincón-Zapatero, 2017. "Arbitration and Renegotiation in Trade Agreements," Caepr Working Papers 2017-007 Classification-D, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
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    Keywords

    recursive utility; dynamic programming; Bellman equation; unbounded returns;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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