Borissov, Kirill and Pakhnin, Mikhail and Wendner, Ronald
(2021):
*The Neoclassical Growth Model with Time-Inconsistent Decision Making and Perfect Foresight.*

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## Abstract

In this paper, we propose an approach to describe the behavior of naive agents with quasi-hyperbolic discounting in the neoclassical growth model. To study time-inconsistent decision making of an agent who cannot commit to future actions, we introduce the notion of sliding equilibrium and dis- tinguish between pseudo-perfect foresight and perfect foresight. The agent with pseudo-perfect foresight revises both the consumption path and expec- tations about prices; the agent with perfect foresight correctly foresees prices in a sliding equilibrium and is naive only about their time inconsistency. We prove the existence of sliding equilibria for the class of isoelastic utility func- tions and show that generically consumption paths are not the same under quasi-hyperbolic and exponential discounting. Observational equivalence only holds in the well-known cases of a constant interest rate or logarithmic utility. Our results suggest that perfect foresight implies a higher long-run capital stock and consumption level than pseudo-perfect foresight.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | The Neoclassical Growth Model with Time-Inconsistent Decision Making and Perfect Foresight |

English Title: | The Neoclassical Growth Model with Time-Inconsistent Decision Making and Perfect Foresight |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Quasi-hyperbolic discounting; Observational equivalence; Time inconsistency; Naive agents; Sliding equilibrium; Perfect foresight |

Subjects: | D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D14 - Household Saving; Personal Finance D - Microeconomics > D9 - Intertemporal Choice > D91 - Intertemporal Household Choice ; Life Cycle Models and Saving E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy > E21 - Consumption ; Saving ; Wealth O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O40 - General |

Item ID: | 108336 |

Depositing User: | Ron Wendner |

Date Deposited: | 18 Jun 2021 07:48 |

Last Modified: | 18 Jun 2021 07:48 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/108336 |