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Non stationary additive utility and time consistency

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  • Drouhin, Nicolas
Publication Date
May 29, 2019
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English
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Abstract

Within a continuous time life cycle model of consumption and savings, I study the properties of the most general class of additive intertemporal utility functionals. They are not necessarily stationary, and do not necessarily multiplicatively separate a discount factor from \per-period utility". I prove rigorously that time consistency holds if and only if the per-period felicity function is multiplicatively separablein t, the date of decision and in s, the date of consumption, or equivalently, if the Fisherian instantaneous subjective discount rate does not depend on t. The model allows to explain \anomalies in intertemporal choice" and various empirical regularities, even when the agents are time consistent. On the other hand, the model allows to characterize mathematically the \effective consumption prole" of naive, time-inconsistent agents.

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