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Pareto improving price regulation when the asset market is incomplete

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  • P. Herings

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  • Herakles Polemarchakis

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Incomplete asset markets cause competitive equilibria to be constrained suboptimal and provides scope for Pareto improving interventions. In this paper, we examine how intervention in prices in asset or spot commodity markets serves this purpose. We show that, if fix-price equilibria behave sufficiently regularly near Walrasian equilibria, Pareto improving price regulation is generically possible. An advantage of price regulation, contrasted with interventions in individuals’ asset portfolios, is that it operates anonymously, on market variables. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005

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  • P. Herings & Herakles Polemarchakis, 2005. "Pareto improving price regulation when the asset market is incomplete," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 25(1), pages 135-154, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:25:y:2005:i:1:p:135-154
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-003-0431-y
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    Keywords

    Incomplete asset market; Fix-price equilibria; Pareto improvement.;

    JEL classification:

    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General

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