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Macroeconomic models with heterogeneous agents and incomplete markets (e.g. Krusell and Smith, 1998) usually assume that consumers, rather than firms, own and accumulate physical capital. This assumption, while convenient, is without loss of generality only if the asset market is complete. When...
Abstract This paper studies the role played by differences in risk-aversion in a affecting the long-run distribution of wealth across agents in the context of a stochastic growth model with complete markets. The economy is populated by two types of Epstein-Zin agents who differ only in their...
This paper documents and discusses a dramatic change in the cyclical behavior of aggregate hours worked by individuals with a college degree (skilled workers) since the mid-1980's. Using the CPS outgoing rotation data set for the period 1979:1-2003:4, we find that the volatility of aggregate...
In this paper we estimate the effect of household appliance ownership on the labor force participation rate of married women using micro-level data from the 1960 and 1970 U.S. Censuses. In order to identify the causal effect of home appliance ownership on married women's labor force...
This paper investigates the likelihood of factor-price equalization under the simple assumptions of Heckscher-Ohlin Theory. Factor-price equalization is also directly related to whether countries specialize or not in the global market. A full-equilibrium in the world requires not only the...
This paper studies the effect of margin requirements on asset prices, trading volume and investors' welfare in a general equilibrium asset pricing model where investors differ in their degree of risk aversion. In the stationary equilibrium of the model binding margin requirements decrease the...
In the macroeconomic literature, the implications of a context with household heterogeneity and incomplete financial markets have been mostly studied under the assumption that households own the physical capital and undertake the intertemporal investment decision. Further, firms rent capital and...
The slow adjustment of inventory stocks to changes in sales has been a puzzle for the inventory literature since at least Auerbach and Feldstein (1976). Recent evidence suggests that estimated firm-level adjustment speeds of inventory stocks are significantly higher than estimates based on...
This paper proposes an explanation for why efficient reforms are not carried out when losers have the power to block their implementation, even though compensating them is feasible. We construct a signaling model with two-sided incomplete information in which a government faces the task of...