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Production in incomplete markets: Expectations matter for political stability

  • Crès, Hervé
  • Tvede, Mich

In the present paper we study voting-based corporate control in a general equilibrium model with incomplete financial markets. Since voting takes place in a multi-dimensional setting, super-majority rules are needed to ensure existence of equilibrium. In a linear-quadratic setup we show that the endogenization of voting weights (given by portfolio holdings) can give rise to - through self-fulfilling expectations - dramatical political instability, i.e. Condorcet cycles of length two even for very high majority rules.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (March)
Pages: 212-222

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Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:45:y:2009:i:3-4:p:212-222
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