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Efficiency in the cake-eating problem with quasi-geometric discounting

  • Juan Carlos Chavez-Martin del Campo


    (Guanajuato School of Economics, Universidad de Guanajuato)

This paper shows that any equilibrium allocation in the cake-eating problem with quasi-geometric discounting is not Pareto efficient. However, efficiency can be established by introducing a planner who controls the initial endowment and makes transfers over time. It is shown than any Pareto efficient allocation can be supported by a perfect equilibrium with transfers.

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Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
Issue (Month): 43 ()
Pages: 1-8

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07d90006
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