Habit formation and resource dependence in dynastic economies

Simone Valente

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This paper studies the consequences of habit formation in dynastic economies that exploit exhaustible resources. If the strength of habits is below a critical level, positive bequests generate Ramsey–Stiglitz equilibria: the altruism factor determines long-run growth and habits increase output levels by increasing capital accumulation and smoothing resource extraction during the transition. If the strength of habits is above the threshold, zero bequests induce Diamond–Mourmouras equilibria: the transitional effects become permanent and habits increase long-run growth. Results differ from those of capital–labor models because resource dependence implies that long-run growth is determined by the intergenerational distribution of wealth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-145
Number of pages15
JournalMathematical Social Sciences
Issue number3
Early online date1 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • Dynastic altruism
  • Capital–resource model
  • Habit formation

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