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Contracting over Prices

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  • Shurojit Chatterji

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    (Singapore Management University, School of Economics)

  • Sayantan Ghosal

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    (Warwick University)

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We define a solution concept, perfectly contracted equilibrium, for an intertempo- ral exchange economy where agents are simultaneously price takers in spot commod- ity markets while engaging in ecient, non-Walrasian contracting over future prices. Without requiring that agents have perfect foresight, we show that perfectly contracted equilibrium outcomes are a subset of Pareto optimal allocations. It is a robust possi- bility for perfectly contracted equilibrium outcomes to differ from Arrow-Debreu equi- librium outcomes. We show that both centralized banking and retrading with bilateral contracting can lead to perfectly contracted equilibria.

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Paper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 36-2012.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:36-2012

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