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Transaction costs and planner intervention

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In this paper, I examine a two-period general equilibrium model in which transaction costs are incurred whenever financial contracts are traded. These transaction costs are real and convex. The presence of these transaction costs results in a Pareto inefficient equilibrium allocation. Attempting to fix this problem, the planner will intervene by scaling the transaction costs either up or down. The intervention must satisfy fiscal balance meaning that the summed value of transaction costs will remain constant. I prove that over a generic subset of household utility functions and endowments and subject to an upper bound on the number of household types, there exists an open set of planner interventions that lead to a Pareto superior allocation. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • Matthew Hoelle, 2012. "Transaction costs and planner intervention," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 50(3), pages 603-634, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:50:y:2012:i:3:p:603-634
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-010-0583-5
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    Keywords

    Constrained suboptimality; Convex transaction costs; Regularity; Policy intervention; Anonymity; Fiscal balance; D53; G11; H21; H23;

    JEL classification:

    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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