Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting under Recursive Utility and Consumption-Investment Decisions
48 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 13, 2020
This paper examines an Epstein-Zin recursive utility with quasi-hyperbolic discounting in continuous time. I directly define the utility process and consider a Merton's optimal consumption-investment problem for application. I show that a solution to the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation is the value function. The numerical comparative statics and mathematical analysis shows that, unlike in the constant relative risk aversion utility, present bias in the Epstein-Zin utility causes economically significant overconsumption, maintaining a plausible attitude toward risks. Additionally, I show that the sophisticated agent's preproperation occurs if and only if his or her elasticity of intertemporal substitution in consumption is larger than one.
Keywords: Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting, Epstein-Zin Utility, Consumption-Investment Problem, Beta-Delta Model, Recursive Utility
JEL Classification: D15, G11, G40
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