Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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This paper builds a dynamic forward-looking model describing the approximate ten-year cattle cycle. The theoretical model improves on existing models by (1) allowing cow-calf operators to make investment decisions on both the cow and calf margins, (2) formally recognizing the age distribution of the capital stock, and (3) considering a mixed scheme of rational and naive expectations. The model.is then calibrated and used to simulate artificial data that endogenously generates ten-year cycles in the total stock of cattle.
Aadland, David, "Cattle Cycles, Expectations, and the Age Distribution of Capital" (2002). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 235.