On Ramsey equilibrium: Capital ownership pattern and inefficiency

Robert A. Becker, Ram Sewak Dubey, Tapan Mitra

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We provide a sufficient condition on the production function under which eventually the most patient household owns the entire capital stock in every Ramsey equilibrium, called the turnpike property. This generalizes the result in the literature which establishes the turnpike property using the capital income monotonicity condition. We then provide an example of a Ramsey equilibrium in which the most patient household reaches a no capital position infinitely often. This is a strong refutation of the turnpike property on Ramsey equilibria. We also show that the constructed Ramsey equilibrium is inefficient in terms of the aggregate consumption stream that it provides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-600
Number of pages36
JournalEconomic Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Approximate CES function
  • Cass criteria
  • Efficiency
  • Maximal income monotonicity
  • Period three Ramsey equilibrium cycle
  • Weak turnpike property


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