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Market Participation and Sunspot Equilibria


  • Yves Balasko
  • David Cass
  • Karl Shell


We investigate the structure of competitive equilibria in an exchange economy parametrized by (i) endowments and (ii) restrictions on market participation. For arbitrary regular endowments, if few consumers are restricted, there are no sunspot equilibria. If endowments are allowed to vary, while restrictions on market participation are fixed, there is a generic set of preferences such that sunspot equilibria exist for a non-empty subset of endowments. Our analysis extends to the general case of an arbitrary number of restricted consumers the results of Cass and Shell for the polar cases in which either (i) no consumers are restricted or (ii) all consumers are restricted.
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  • Yves Balasko & David Cass & Karl Shell, 1990. "Market Participation and Sunspot Equilibria," Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva 90.03, Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève.
  • Handle: RePEc:gen:geneem:90.03

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