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Capital Accumulation and Habit Formation

Ron Wendner ()

Economics Bulletin, 2002, vol. 4, issue 7, 1-10

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of habits on savings and steady state capital intensity. Within the framework of an OLG economy with productive capital, a rise in the strength of habits increases savings if the steady state is asymptotically stable. Consequently, the steady state capital intensity as implied by an OLG model with habits is higher compared to the case with time-separable utility. If, however the initial steady state is unstable, a rise in the strength of habits lowers savings.

JEL-codes: D9 D1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-03-13
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