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Infinite Horizon Incomplete Markets

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  • Magill, Michael
  • Quinzii, Martine

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This paper extends the general equilibrium model with incomplete markets to an open-ended future, thereby providing a natural setting for analyzing problems in macroeconomics. Two concepts of equilibrium are defined that prevent agents from entering into Ponzi schemes: the first is based on debt constraints and the second is based on a transversality condition that limits the rate of growth of debt. Under the assumption that agents are impatient (Mackey continuity of preferences) and have a degree of impatience that is bounded below, the two concepts of equilibrium are shown to coincide and lead to existence of equilibrium. Copyright 1994 by The Econometric Society.

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  • Magill, Michael & Quinzii, Martine, 1994. "Infinite Horizon Incomplete Markets," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 62(4), pages 853-880, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:62:y:1994:i:4:p:853-80
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    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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