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The Dynamics of Wealth and Income distribution in a Neoclassical Growth Model

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  • Stephen Turnovsky

    () (Economics University of Washington)

  • Cecilia Garcia Penalosa

    (GREQAM and CNRS)

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We examine the evolution of the distributions of wealth and income in a Ramsey model in which agents differ in their initial capital endowment and where the labor supply is endogenous. The assumption that the utility function is homogeneous in consumption and leisure implies that the macroeconomic equilibrium is independent of the distribution of wealth and allows us to fully characterize income and wealth dynamics. We find non-degenerate long-run distributions of wealth and income. The model shows that (i) the initial level of aggregate capital is an essential determinant of whether inequality increases or decreases during the transition to the steady state; (ii) temporary shocks to the stock of capital have long-run effects on the distribution of wealth even if they do not affect the stationary aggregate variables; (iii) income inequality need not move together with wealth inequality if factor shares change during the transition.

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  • Stephen Turnovsky & Cecilia Garcia Penalosa, 2006. "The Dynamics of Wealth and Income distribution in a Neoclassical Growth Model," Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 318, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:318
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    1. Klump, Rainer & Saam, Marianne, 2008. "Calibration of normalised CES production functions in dynamic models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(2), pages 256-259, May.
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    Keywords

    Wealth distribution; Income distribution; Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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