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Can consumption spillovers be a source of equilibrium indeterminacy?

  • Jaime Alonso-Carrera
  • Jordi Caballé
  • Xavier Raurich


    (Teoria Economica Universitat de Barcelona)

In this paper, we show that consumption externalities are a source of equilibrium indeterminacy in a growth model with endogenous labor supply. In particular, when the marginal rate of substitution between own consumption and the others' consumption is constant along the equilibrium path, the equilibrium does not exhibit indeterminacy. In contrast, when that marginal rate of substitution is not constant, the equilibrium may exhibit indeterminacy even if the elasticity of the labor demand is smaller than the elasticity of the Frisch labor supply.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2005 Meeting Papers with number 362.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed005:362
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