BoE paper argues for heterogeneous agent modelling

Authors use heterogeneous agent model to study fiscal policy and redistribution

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Modelling households as heterogeneous can shed light on fiscal policy and avoid unrealistic results, research published by the Bank of England finds.

Cristiano Cantore and Lukas Freund present a “capitalist-worker two-agent New Keynesian model”. There are two types of household: “workers”, who supply labour and can buy bonds, subject to portfolio adjustment costs; and “capitalists”, who own all the economy’s firms and do not supply labour.

Cantore and Freund find their model matches evidence

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