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Continua of underemployment equilibria reflecting coordination failures, also at Walrasian prices

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  • CITANNA, Alessandro
  • CRES, Herve
  • DREZE, Jacques

    (CORE, Universite Catholique de Louvain)

  • HERINGS, Jean-Jacques

    (University of Maastricht)

  • VILLANACCI, Antonio

    (Universita degli Studi, Firenze)

Abstract

In this paper the existence of unemployment is partly explained as being the result of coordination failures. It is shown that as a result of self-fulfilling pessimistic expectations, even at Walrasian prices, a continuum of equilibria results, among which an equilibrium with approximately no trade and a Walrasian equilibrium. These coordination failures also arise at other price systems, but then unemployment is the result of both a wrong price system and coordination failures. Some properties of the set of equilibria are analyzed. Generically, there exists a continuum of non-indifferent equilibrium allocations. Under a condition implied by gross substitutability, there exists a continuum of equilibrium allocations in the neighborhood of a competitive allocation, when prices are Walrasian. For a specialized economy, a dynamic illustration is offered.

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  • CITANNA, Alessandro & CRES, Herve & DREZE, Jacques & HERINGS, Jean-Jacques & VILLANACCI, Antonio, 2001. "Continua of underemployment equilibria reflecting coordination failures, also at Walrasian prices," HEC Research Papers Series 732, HEC Paris.
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    Keywords

    general equilibrium; underemployment; coordination failures; indeterminacy;

    JEL classification:

    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies

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