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

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

    (CORE, Universite Catholique de Louvain)

  • HERINGS, Jean-Jacques

    (University of Maastricht)

  • VILLANACCI, Antonio

    (Universita degli Studi, Firenze)

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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Paper provided by HEC Paris in its series Les Cahiers de Recherche with number 732.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 01 May 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0732
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