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Existence of a Pareto-Optimal Equilibrium in Nearly-Stationary Overlapping-Generations Economies


  • Burke, Jonathan L


In overlapping-generations models of fat money, the existence of a Pareto-optimal equilibrium-which defines an optimal quantity of money-is more general than well-known counter-examples suggest. Those examples, having no optimal equilibrium just because there are small variations in households' tastes and endowments across generations, are not typical. On the contrary: For an open-dense, full-measure subset of smooth stationary economies and an open-dense subset of continuous stationary economies, introducing small variations in tastes and endowments across generations preserves the existence of an optimal equilibrium. Put simply, optimal equilibria generically exist for nearly-stationary economies.

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  • Burke, Jonathan L, 1995. "Existence of a Pareto-Optimal Equilibrium in Nearly-Stationary Overlapping-Generations Economies," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 5(2), pages 247-261, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:5:y:1995:i:2:p:247-61

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    1. Bloise, Gaetano, 2008. "Efficiency and prices in economies of overlapping generations," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 200-224, July.
    2. Mertens, Jean-François & Rubinchik, Anna, 2015. "Pareto Optimality Of The Golden Rule Equilibrium In An Overlapping Generations Model With Production And Transfers," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 19(08), pages 1780-1799, December.

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