Intertemporal Dependence, Impatience, and Dynamics [report]

Maurice Obstfeld
1989 unpublished
This paper develops simple geometric methods for analyzing dynamic behavior in models with intertemporally dependent consumer tastes. Since the preferences studied do not assume time-additivity, they allow the marginal utility of consumption on a given date to vary with consumption on other dates. Intertemporal dependence is induced by the presence of a variable individual rate of time preference. The optimal consumption responses to transitory and anticipated changes in incomes and interest
more » ... es are easily derived and are similar in important ways to the responses implied by the standard model with constant time preference. Intuitive explanations of the first-order conditions describing optimal paths are provided.
doi:10.3386/w3028 fatcat:trklabnrerghfpmodl7m2slb6a