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The Coordination Problem and Equilibrium Theories of Recessions

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  • Jones, Larry E
  • Manuelli, Rodolfo E

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In this paper, the authors build on the recent literature on coordination problems to construct a model in which there is potential for low-output equilibrium. The authors show that the conditions that guarantee interior Walrasian equilibria, in conjunction with a continuity restriction on strategies, rule out equilibria with extremely low levels of activity (zero activity), which is a distinguishing feature of many existing models. They study the case of separability and show that there is no rationing and, hence, no equilibrium unemployment. In addition, in a numerical example, the authors find that there is a unique symmetric equilibrium. Copyright 1992 by American Economic Association.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 82 (1992)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 451-71

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:82:y:1992:i:3:p:451-71

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  2. Levin, Dan & Peck, James, 2008. "Investment dynamics with common and private values," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 143(1), pages 114-139, November.
  3. Olivier SCAILLET, 2001. "Density Estimation Using Inverse and Reciprocal Inverse Guassian Kernels," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2001017, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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  5. V.V. Chari & Larry E. Jones & Rodolfo E. Manuelli, 1989. "Labor contracts in a model of imperfect competition," Staff Report 117, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  6. L Kaas & P Madden, 2002. "Equilibrium Involuntary Unemployment Under Oligempory," Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research Discussion Paper Series 21, Economics, The Univeristy of Manchester.
  7. Huck, Steffen, 1996. "Rationing and rationality," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 641-669, December.
  8. Herings, P.J.J. & Dreze, J., 1998. "Continua of Underemployment Equilibria," Discussion Paper 1998-05, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  9. Andrew John & Russell Cooper, 2000. "Imperfect competition and macroeconomics : Theory and quantitative implications," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 37(1), pages 289-328.

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