Suppose we wanted to investigate the saving and borrowing behavior of consumers. It’s not that difficult to extend our basic model. We can use the same framework as before, but define our two goods as “consumption in period 1” (horizontal axis) and “consumption in period 2” (vertical axis).a. Construct a budget constraint for a consumer who earns $100 in income in period 1 and $300 of income in period 2. Label this point E for the “Endowment” point. Assume that he can choose to save some income in period 1 to be used in period 2, or to borrow some income from period 2 to use in period 1. (Let’s imagine the consumer saves the money by putting it in a piggy bank and can borrow money from his parents, who don’t charge interest.)

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Suppose we wanted to investigate the saving and borrowing behavior of consumers. It’s not that difficult to extend our basic model. We can use the same framework as before, but define our two goods as “consumption in period 1” (horizontal axis) and “consumption in period 2” (vertical axis).

a. Construct a budget constraint for a consumer who earns $100 in income in period 1 and $300 of income in period 2. Label this point E for the “Endowment” point. Assume that he can choose to save some income in period 1 to be used in period 2, or to borrow some income from period 2 to use in period 1. (Let’s imagine the consumer saves the money by putting it in a piggy bank and can borrow money from his parents, who don’t charge interest.)
 
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