AbstractThis paper analyses the impact of multiple competitive equilibria and complete markets in a simple general equilibrium model. A random selection from the equilibrium correspondence of a finite exchange economy defines probability distributions on equilibrium prices. Asset markets allow traders to insure against the resulting uncertainty. If asset markets are complete, equilibrium selections are necessarily degenerate. The selection cannot be non- trivially random, and must assign probability one to particular equilibrium price vectors. In this case, asset prices reveal the choice of equilibrium price vectors and achieve the coordination of traders' expectations. If the asset market is incomplete, equilibrium selections can be non-degenerate, so that price uncertainty is self-fulfilling. A fully insured random selection defines an iterative procedure of reallocations which is Pareto improving at each step. The process converges to a Pareto optimum in finitely many steps. The key requirement is that the random selection be continuous, which is a generic condition for smooth exchange economies with strictly concave utility functions.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1994071.
Date of creation: 01 Dec 1994
Date of revision:
Contact details of provider:
Postal: Voie du Roman Pays 34, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
Fax: +32 10474304
Web page: http://www.uclouvain.be/core
More information through EDIRC
multiple equilibria; random selections; asset markets; rational expectations; convergence;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
- D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
- D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
You can help add them by filling out this form.
CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
- DUTTA, Jayasri & MORRIS, Stephen, 1995.
"The Revelation of Information and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs,"
CORE Discussion Papers
1995076, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
- Dutta, Jayasri & Morris, Stephen, 1997. "The Revelation of Information and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 73(1), pages 231-244, March.
- Jayasri Dutta & Stephen Morris, . ""The Revelation of Information and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs''," CARESS Working Papres 95-03, University of Pennsylvania Center for Analytic Research and Economics in the Social Sciences.
- Jayasri Dutta & Stephen Morris, . "The Revelation of Information and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs," Penn CARESS Working Papers 269cceedcbd401a5e46548b88, Penn Economics Department.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Alain GILLIS).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.