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The Wealth Distribution in Bewley Models with Investment Risk

Jess Benhabib, Alberto Bisin, Shenghao Zhu

NBER Working Paper No. 20157
Issued in May 2014, Revised in October 2014
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth

We study the wealth distribution in Bewley economies with idiosyncratic capital income risk. We show analytically that under rather general conditions on the stochastic structure of the economy, a unique ergodic distribution of wealth displays a fat tail; more precisely, a Pareto distribution in the right tail.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20157

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