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Development, Preference Change, and Inequality in an Integrated Walrasian-General-Equilibrium and Neoclassical-Growth Theory

Wei-Bin Zhang

Wei-Bin Zhang 1

  1. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu-Shi, Oita-ken, Japan 1

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Pages: 41-55

DOI: 10.18488/journal.26/2015.4.3/26.3.41.55

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Abstract:

This study builds a model to analyze dynamic interdependence between economic growth, structural change, inequality in income and wealth, habit formation and preference change in a heterogeneous-households economy. The analytical framework is based on the Walrasian general equilibrium theory and the neoclassical growth theory. We show that the motion of the economy is described by a set of nonlinear differential equations. Analytically, we focus on transitional processes as well as economic equilibrium. For illustration, we simulate the motion of the economic system with three groups. We identify the existence of a unique stable equilibrium point and carry out comparative dynamic analysis with regard to some parameters. We show how, for instance, habit formation of a group affects the dynamic paths of all the variables of the economic system. 
Contribution/ Originality
An original contribution of this paper is the introduction of habit formation and preference change into the integrated Walrasian-general-equilibrium and neoclassical-growth theory recently developed by Zhang. The study examines dynamic relations between economic growth, economic change, and inequality with wealth accumulation and preference change.

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Walrasian general equilibrium theory, Neoclassical growth theory, Habit formation and preference, Heterogeneous households, Income and wealth distribution, Economic structure.

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