Working Paper No. 172

Comparative Statics in Dynamic Programming Models with an Application to Job Search

This paper presents a technique for qualitative comparative statics analysis in dynamic programming models. Let the value function v be the fixed point of a contraction mapping which depends differentially on some exogenous parameter theta. Then the derivative of v with respect to theta exists and is also the fixed point of a contraction mapping. Since this derivative is the fixed point of a contraction mapping its qualitative properties can be investigated using mathematical induction. This comparative statics methodology is illustrated with an application to a model of job search.

Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?


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