Friction and the Multiplicity of Equilibria
AbstractIn familiar models, a decrease in the friction facing mobile factors (e.g., lowering their adjustment costs) increases a coordination problem, leading to more circumstances where there are multiple equilibria. We show that a decrease in friction can decrease coordination problems if, for example, a production externality arises from a changing stock of knowledge or a changing environmental stock. In general, the relation between the amount of friction that mobile factors face and the likelihood of multiple equilibria is non-monotonic.
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Indeterminacy; Multiple equilibria; Coordination games;
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- Karp, Larry & Paul, Thierry, 2005. "Friction and the Multiplicity of Equilibria," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1r57v43d, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
- Karp, Larry & Paul, Thierry, 2005. "Friction and the multiplicity of equilibria," CUDARE Working Paper Series 0960R, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
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