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Active Intermediation in an Monetary Overlapping Generations Economy

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  • Pingle, M.
  • Tesfatsion, Leigh S.

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This paper establishes that the pro�t-seeking activities of private intermediaries can ensure Pareto e�ciency in the standard pure-exchange monetary overlapping generations economy without the need for government monetary or �scal policy intervention. Moreover, these pro�t-seeking activities are shown to rule out all aperiodic and kperiodic cycles for k greater than 2. Contrary to much recent work on intermediation, the pro�t opportunities that arise for intermediaries in this context are not due to assumed frictions or asymmetric information. Rather, they are due to the dynamic open-ended structure of the economy, which permits debt roll-over. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 1227.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 1998, vol. 22, pp. 1533-1574
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1227

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Cited by:
  1. Pingle, M. & Tesfatsion, Leigh S., 1998. "Active Intermediation in Overlapping Generations Economies with Production and Unsecured Debt," Staff General Research Papers 1228, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Tesfatsion, Leigh, 2006. "Agent-Based Computational Modeling And Macroeconomics," Staff General Research Papers 12402, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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