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Multiple Equilibria in a Growth Model with Habit Persistence

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This paper uses an otherwise standard, competitive growth model without externality and distortions to establish multiple balanced growth paths. Our model is based on the standard one-sector, endogenous growth model of Romer (1986), with a twist that households’ preference depends partly upon how his/her consumption compares to a habit stock formed by his/her own past consumption. This model establishes multiple equilibria because habit persistence in preference induces an intertemporal complementarity effect among consumption flows, with current consumption reinforcing future consumption. As a result, there exist two balanced-growth paths, with one path exhibiting low consumption and habits and high economic growth, and the other exhibiting high consumption and habits and low growth, and thus a development trap. Both steady states are saddle points, but an initial condition cannot pin down the steady state to which an economy converges. Both steady states cannot be pareto-ranked because of no market failure.

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  • Been-Lon Chen, 2004. "Multiple Equilibria in a Growth Model with Habit Persistence," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 04-A015, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Handle: RePEc:sin:wpaper:04-a015
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    habit persistence; multiple equilibria;

    JEL classification:

    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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