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Evenly rotating economy: A new modeling technique for an old equilibrium construct

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  • William Luther

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In the middle of the twentieth century, just five years before Arrow and Debreu proved the existence of an equilibrium for a competitive economy in the Walrasian system, Ludwig von Mises introduced the English-speaking world to his alternative equilibrium construct: the evenly rotating economy. In contrast to Arrow and Debreu, which characterizes equilibrium as a unique vector of prices and quantities, Mises depicts equilibrium as a pattern of behavior. After reviewing the Misesian conception of equilibrium and its failure to take hold in the profession, I turn to the modern literature. I contend that the evenly rotating economy is a special case of the now-prevalent class of search-theoretic exchange models. As such, I argue that this class of models is particularly well suited for applications considered by economists working in the Austrian tradition. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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Volume (Year): 27 (2014)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 403-417

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revaec:v:27:y:2014:i:4:p:403-417
DOI: 10.1007/s11138-013-0242-8
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