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Value of information in competitive economies with incomplete markets

  • Piero Gottardi
  • Rohit Rahi

A substantial literature addresses the negative eect on welfare of the release of information in a competitive market economy. We show that the value of information in this setting is typically positive if asset markets are suciently incomplete. More specically, for any competitive equilibrium of a generic economy, we can nd a ner information structure such that an allocation that is resource feasible and measurable with respect to this information ex- post Pareto dominates the given equilibrium allocation.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 4749.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:4749
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