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Introduction to Sunspots and Lotteries

  • Prescott, Edward C.
  • Shell, Karl

This introduces the symposium on sunspots and lotteries. Two stochastic general equilibrium concepts, Sunspot Equilibrium (SE) and Lottery Equilibrium (LE), are compared. It is shown that, for some general, pure-exchange economies which allow for consumption non-convexities or moral hazards, the set of LE allocations is equivalent to the set of SE allocations provided that the randomizing device can generate events of any probability.

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Volume (Year): 107 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 1-10

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