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Active Intermediation in Overlapping Generations Economies with Production and Unsecured Debt


  • Pingle, Mark
  • Tesfatsion, Leigh S.


Why does the First Welfare Theorem fail in standard overlapping generations economies with production, such as Diamond (AER, 1965) and Tirole (Econometrica, 1985)? This study argues that the reason for this failure can be attributed to the passive intermediation role played by the Walrasian Auctioneer in this models. Specifically, the study demonstrates that when intermediation is instead modeled as a contestable activity carried out by corporate intermediaries owned by consumer-shareholders and operated in their interest, every equilibrium is Pareto efficient. Annotated pointers to related work can be accessed here:

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  • Pingle, Mark & Tesfatsion, Leigh S., 1998. "Active Intermediation in Overlapping Generations Economies with Production and Unsecured Debt," Staff General Research Papers Archive 1953, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1953

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    1. Tesfatsion, Leigh, 2006. "Agent-Based Computational Modeling And Macroeconomics," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12402, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    2. Magill, Michael & Quinzii, Martine, 2003. "Nonshiftable capital, affine price expectations and convergence to the Golden Rule," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 239-272, June.
    3. Michael Magill & Martine Quinzii, "undated". "The Stock Market in the Overlapping Generations," Department of Economics 99-13, California Davis - Department of Economics.
    4. Kim, Jae Kyeong, 1997. "Social security trust fund (SSTF), the government fiscal use of the SSTF, and intergenerational equity," ISU General Staff Papers 1997010108000012996, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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    JEL classification:

    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates


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