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Sand in the Wheels: A Dynamic Global-Game Approach

  • Jakub Steiner

    (Northwestern University)

  • Laurent Mathevet

    (University of Texas at Austin)

We study the impact of frictions on the prevalence of systemic crises. Agents privately learn about a fixed payoff parameter, and repeatedly adjust their investments while facing transaction costs in a dynamic global game. The model has a rich structure of externalities: payoffs may depend on the volume of aggregate investment, on the concentration of investment, or on its volatility. We examine how small frictions, including those similar to the Tobin tax, affect the equilibrium. We identify conditions under which frictions discourage harmful behavior without compromising investment volume. The analysis is driven by a robust invariance result: the volume of aggregate investment (measured in a pivotal contingency) is invariant to a large family of frictions.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 123.

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Date of creation: 2012
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