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On the existence of endogenous cycles

Balasko, Y and Ghiglino, C (1995) On the existence of endogenous cycles. [UNSPECIFIED]

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Abstract

Endogenous business cycles have been known to exist in the overlapping-generations model for quite a long time. The literature seems to imply that these cycles may exist only if individuals show rates of preference for the present that are high enough, and these values must be so high that they are unrealistic. While this observation is true if preferences are homothetic, we show in this paper that, once that homotheticity requirement is dropped, a sufficient condition for the existence of cycles is that the Engel curve defined for equal prices (therefore, taken equal to one) has at least a point where the slope is smaller than one. This condition expresses a mild form of impatience. Given this condition, it is always possible to find a discounted utility function (for any arbitrary given discount rate smaller than one) and positive endowments such that the corresponding overlapping-generations model features cycles of order two. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: D51, D91, E32. © 1995 Academic Press, Inc.

Item Type: UNSPECIFIED
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 17:37
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3039

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