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Walrasian equilibrium in large, quasi-linear markets

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  • Weyl, E. Glen

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    (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

  • White, Alexander

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    (School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University)

  • Azevedo, Eduardo M.

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    (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract

In an economy with indivisible goods, a continuum of agents and quasilinear utility, we show that equilibrium exists regardless of the nature of agents' preferences over bundles. This contrasts with results for economies with a finite number of agents, which require restrictions on preferences (such as substitutability) to guarantee existence. When the distribution of preferences has full support, equilibrium prices are unique.

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Article provided by Econometric Society in its journal Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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Handle: RePEc:the:publsh:1060

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Keywords: Walrasian equilibrium; quasilinear utility; indivisible goods; continuum economies; complementary preferences;

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  1. Danilov, V. & Koshevoy, G. & Lang, C., 2013. "Equilibria in Markets with Indivisible Goods," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 18(2), pages 10-34.
  2. Pierre-André Chiappori & Alfred Galichon & Bernard Salanié, 2014. "The Roommate Problem - Is More Stable Than You Think," CESifo Working Paper Series 4676, CESifo Group Munich.

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