Ergodic Chaos and Aggregate Stability: A Deterministic Discrete-Choice Model of Wealth Distribution Dynamics


This paper studies wealth distribution dynamics in a small open economy with a continuum of consumers indexed by initial wealth. Each of them solves a discrete-choice problem whose optimal policy function exhibits ergodic chaos. We show that for any initial distribu- tion of wealth given by a density, the wealth distribution converges to a unique invariant distribution, and aggregate wealth converges to the corresponding value. Thus ergodic chaos leads to aggregate stability rather than instability. These results are illustrated with various nu- merical examples.


Aggregation; ergodic chaos; stability; discrete choice; wealth distribution; Frobenius-Perron operator.

JEL Classification

C43, C60, D31


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