DP5541 Indeterminacy with Small Externalities: The Role of Non-Separable Preferences

Author(s): Teresa Lloyd-Braga, Carine Nourry, Alain Venditti
Publication Date: March 2006
Keyword(s): capital and labour externalities, endogenous cycles, endogenous labour supply, indeterminacy, infinite-horizon model
JEL(s): C62, E32, O41
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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In this paper we consider a Ramsey one-sector model with non-separable homothetic preferences, endogenous labour and productive external effects arising from average capital and labour. We show that indeterminacy cannot arise when there are only capital externalities but that it does when there are only labour external effects. We prove that sunspot fluctuations are fully consistent with small market imperfections and realistic calibrations for the elasticity of capital-labour substitution (including the Cobb-Douglas specification) provided the elasticity of intertemporal substitution in consumption and the elasticity of the labour supply are large enough.