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Active intermediation in a monetary overlapping generations economy1

  • Pingle, Mark
  • Tesfatsion, Leigh

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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Volume (Year): 22 (1998)
Issue (Month): 10 (August)
Pages: 1543-1574

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  1. Paul A. Samuelson, 1958. "An Exact Consumption-Loan Model of Interest with or without the Social Contrivance of Money," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 66, pages 467.
  2. Gale, David, 1973. "Pure exchange equilibrium of dynamic economic models," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 6(1), pages 12-36, February.
  3. Balasko, Yves & Shell, Karl, 1980. "The overlapping-generations model, I: The case of pure exchange without money," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 281-306, December.
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