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Can Heterogeneous Preferences Stabilize Endogenous Fluctuations?

  • Stefano Bosi

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    (EPEE - Centre d'Etudes des Politiques Economiques - Université d'Evry-Val d'Essonne, EQUIPPE - Economie Quantitative, Intégration, Politiques Publiques et Econométrie - PRES Université Lille Nord de France - Université de Lille Sciences humaines et sociales - Université Lille 1 - Sciences et technologies - Université Lille II - Droit et santé)

  • Thomas Seegmuller

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics)

While most of the literature concerned with indeterminacy and endogenous cycles is based on the restrictive assumption of a representative consumer,some recent contributions have investigated the role of heterogeneous agents in dynamics. This paper adds to this latter strand of the literature by highlighting the effects of heterogeneity in consumers' preferences within an overlapping generations economy with capital accumulation, endogenous labor supply and consumption in both periods. Using a mean-preserving approach to heterogeneity, we show that increasing the dispersion of propensity to save decreases macroeconomic volatility, by narrowing down the range of parameter values compatible with indeterminacy and ruling out expectations-driven fluctuations under a sufficiently large heterogeneity.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, 2008, 32 (2), pp.624-647. <10.1016/j.jedc.2007.03.002>
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00266713
DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2007.03.002
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