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Inconsequential arbitrage

  • PageJr., Frank H.
  • Wooders, Myrna H.
  • Monteiro, Paulo K.

We introduce the concept of inconsequential arbitrage and, in the context of a model allowing short-sales and half-lines in indifference surfaces, we prove that inconsequential arbitrage is sufficient for existence of equilibrium. With a slightly stronger condition of local nonsatiation than required for existence of equilibrium and with a mild uniformity condition on arbitrage opportunities, we show that the existence of a pareto-optimal allocation implies inconsequential arbitrage, implying that inconsequential arbitrage is necessary and sufficient for existence of an equilibrium.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 439-469

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