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Savings behavior with imperfect capital markets : when hyperbolic discounting leads to discontinuous strategies

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  • Bertrand Wigniolle

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

Abstract

This paper provides a detailed study of a simple life-cycle consumption model with quasi-hyperbolic discounting and an imperfect financial market. It gives a complete characterization of savings behaviors. The joint assumptions of quasi-hyperbolic discount factors and no-borrowing constraints may lead to non-convexities in selves' objective functions that may imply discontinuous equilibrium strategies. Savings function may undergo jumps and non-momotonicities when the income or the interest rate reach a threshold value. These "anomalies" may exist even for reasonable parameters values.

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  • Bertrand Wigniolle, 2011. "Savings behavior with imperfect capital markets : when hyperbolic discounting leads to discontinuous strategies," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00594060, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00594060
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    3. Wigniolle, Bertrand, 2013. "Fertility in the absence of self-control," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 71-86.
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    1. Wigniolle, Bertrand, 2012. "Savings behavior with imperfect capital markets: When hyperbolic discounting leads to discontinuous strategies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 186-189.
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    3. Lu, Yang & Zhuang, Xintian, 2014. "The impact of gender and working experience on intertemporal choices," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 409(C), pages 146-153.
    4. Wigniolle, Bertrand, 2013. "Fertility in the absence of self-control," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 71-86.
    5. Lu, Yang & Wu, Dongmei & Zhuang, Xintian, 2016. "Part-whole bias in intertemporal choice: An empirical study of additive assumption," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 463(C), pages 231-235.

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    Keywords

    Quasi-hyperbolic preferences; no-borrowing constraint; discontinuous strategies.; Escompte quasi-hyperbolique; contrainte de non-endettement; stratégies discontinues.;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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