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Incomplete markets, labor supply and capital accumulation

  • Albert Marcet
  • Francesc Obiols-Homs
  • Philippe Weil

In this paper we explore the accumulation of capital in the presence of limited insurance against idiosyncratic shocks, borrowing constraints and endogenous labor supply. As in the exogenous labor supply case (e.g. Aiyagari 1994, Huggett 1997), we find that steady states are characterized with an interest rate smaller than the rate of time preference. However,wealsofind that when labor supply is endogenous the presence of uncertainty and a borrowing limit are not enough to give rise to “aggregate precautionary savings”.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 659.

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Date of creation: Oct 2002
Date of revision: Oct 2003
Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:659
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