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Simulating Optimal Consumption Paths in a Small Open Economy with Uzawa Preferences


  • Guest, R.G.
  • McDonald, I.M.


This paper compares a form of endogenous preferences introduced by Uzawa with additive preferences by simulating the optimal consumption response for a small open economy to permanent and temporary shocks to the world rate of interest. Uzawa preferences, by endogenising the rate of time preference, are more general than additive preferences. Furthermore, in simulations of permanent changes to the rate of interest, additive preferences suffer from the apparent disadvantage of requiring the rate of time preference to be changed exogenously.

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  • Guest, R.G. & McDonald, I.M., 1998. "Simulating Optimal Consumption Paths in a Small Open Economy with Uzawa Preferences," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 639, The University of Melbourne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:639

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    1. Hensher, David A, 1986. "Sequential and Full Information Maximum Likelihood Estimation of a Nested Logit Model," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 68(4), pages 657-667, November.
    2. Saul D. Hoffman & Greg J. Duncan, 1988. "A Comparison of Choice-Based Multinomial and Nested Logit Models: The Family Structure and Welfare Use Decisions of Divorced or Separated Women," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 23(4), pages 550-562.
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    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects


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