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Expectational stability of sunspot equilibria in non-convex economies

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posted on 2013-06-01, 00:00 authored by B McGough, Qinglai Meng, J Xue
We examine the stability under learning (E-stability) of sunspot equilibria in non-convex real business cycle models. The production technology is Cobb-Douglas with externalities generated by factor inputs. We establish that, with a general utility function, the well-known Benhabib-Farmer condition (Benhabib and Farmer, 1994) - that the labor-demand curve is upward-sloping and steeper than the Frisch labor-supply curve - is necessary for joint indeterminacy and E-stability. Then, with a separable utility function and allowing for negative externalities from capital inputs, we discover large regions in parameter space corresponding to stable indeterminacy, that is, learnable sunspot equilibria. These existence results overturn the conventional wisdom that sunspot equilibria in RBC-type models are inherently unstable, and provide concise closure to the stability puzzle of Evans and McGough (2005b).

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Journal

Journal of economic dynamics and control

Volume

37

Issue

6

Pagination

1126 - 1141

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0165-1889

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2013, Elsevier B.V.

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