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Inverse Limits and Models with Ill-Defined Forward Dynamics

  • David R. Stockman

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Judy Kennedy

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    (Department of Mathematical Science, University of Delaware.)

  • James A. Yorke

    (Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park,)

Some economic models like the cash-in-advance model of money have the property that the dynamics are ill-defined going forward in time, but well-defined going backward in time. In this paper, we apply the theory of inverse limits to characterize topologically all possible solutions to a dynamic economic model with this property. We show that such techniques are particularly well-suited for analyzing the dynamics going forward in time even though the dynamics are ill-defined in this direction. In particular, we analyze the inverse limit of the cash-in-advance model of money and illustrate how information about the inverse limit is useful for detecting or ruling out complex dynamics.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 05-06.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:05-06
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