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Dynamic choices of hyperbolic consumers: the continuous time case

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  • Ivar Ekeland
  • Lazrak Ali

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    (Sauder school of business university of british columbia)

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    This paper characterizes the set of differentiable subgame perfect equilibria in a continuous time intertemporal decision optimization problem with non-constant discounting. The idea of an infinitesimal self is formalized and the equilibrium characterization takes the form of an integral equation (IE) which is reminiscent of the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation. Beginning with a local existence proof of IE, we analyze some equilibria of the consumption saving problem. We then use the equation IE to suggest a critical indeterminacy in the Ramsey growth model with non-constant discounting

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    Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2006 Meeting Papers with number 822.

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    Date of creation: 03 Dec 2006
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