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On an unique nondegenerate distribution of agents in the Huggett model


  • Timothy Kam
  • Junsang Lee


The seminal work of Huggett [“The risk-free rate in heterogeneous-agent incomplete-insurance economies”, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 1993, 17(5-6), 953-969] showed that there exists a unique stationary distribution of agent types, given by their individual states of asset and income endowment pairs. However, the question remains open if the equilibrium individual state space might turn out to be trivial, in the sense that every agent’s common borrowing constraint binds forever. If so, the invariant probability measure of agent types will place all mass on this minimal credit level. By invoking a simple comparative-static argument, we provide closure to this open question. We thus reinforce Huggett’s result of a unique stationary equilibrium distribution of agents by showing that it must also be one that is nontrivial or nondegenerate.

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  • Timothy Kam & Junsang Lee, 2010. "On an unique nondegenerate distribution of agents in the Huggett model," CAMA Working Papers 2010-19, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2010-19

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    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets

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