WiP Seminar/Webinar – Anna Rubinchik

february, 2024

14feb13:0014:00WiP Seminar/Webinar - Anna Rubinchik


Event Details

CEF.UP – WiP Seminar/Webinar

Wednesday – February 14th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. | Room 305 | Online


Title: “An overlapping-generations model with data-driven equilibrium behavior” (with Alexander Gorokhovsky)

Anna Rubinchik – FEP, School of Economics and Management, University of Porto



“We propose a class of overlapping generations models that can serve as a workhorse for policy analysis. Recent literature identifies several features of key observable economic variables in Europe and the U.S.: the life-cycle path of earnings is hump-shaped, while the aggregate variables — per-capita consumption and labor hours — exhibit a clear time trend. Our class generates non-monotonic life-cycle behavior of labor supply and the desired aggregate trends in all its balanced-growth equilibria (BGE). There is a finite number of these equilibria and at least one of them exists provided a single-generation consumer problem has a solution. The model has a constant-returns-to-scale production, nontrivial depreciation of capital, exogenous labor-saving growth and an arbitrary individual life-cycle productivity. The necessary restrictions imposed on preferences are consistent with those generating the aggregate trends in a representative-agent economy, while ruling out popular specifications such as Cobb-Douglas or CES. We characterize BGE with MaCurdy preferences and solve a parametrized model that yields at least two stationary equilibria with reasonable interest rates. The hump-shaped life-cycle consumption profile can be generated with an additional parameter interpreted as reflecting family structure or a desire for immediate gratification that peaks at mid-life.”



(Wednesday) 13:00 - 14:00

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