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On Outward-Looking Comparison Utility, Heterogeneous Preferences & the Third Dimension: A Geometric Perspective


  • Jean-Paul Barinci

    () (Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne)

  • Jean-Pierre Drugeon

    () (Cnrs-Eurequa, Maison des Sciences Economiques)


The difficulties associated with the appraisal of the determinacy properties of a three-dimensional system are circumvented by the introduction of a new geometrical argument. It first brings about a complete and easy-to-use typology of the eigenvalues moduli in discrete time three-dimensional dynamical systems and then provides a new apparatus for assessing from a geometrical standpoint the emergence of local bifurcations. The argument is first illustrated in an environment where outward-looking comparison utility may question the determinacy of the steady state and subsequently used within a competitive monetary equilibrium with heterogeneous agents and financial constraints.

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  • Jean-Paul Barinci & Jean-Pierre Drugeon, 2005. "On Outward-Looking Comparison Utility, Heterogeneous Preferences & the Third Dimension: A Geometric Perspective," Documents de recherche 05-07, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  • Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:05-07

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    Local indeterminacy; Three-Dimensional Dynamical Systems; Suboptimal Economies;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy


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