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Production in incomplete markets: Expectations matter for political stability

  • Hervé Crès

    (Département d'économie)

  • Mich Tvede

    (Institute of Economics)

In the present paper we study voting-based corporate control in a general equilibrium model with incomplete financial markets. Since voting takes place in a multi-dimensional setting, super-majority rules are needed to ensure existence of equilibrium. In a linear–quadratic setup we show that the endogenization of voting weights (given by portfolio holdings) can give rise to – through self-fulfilling expectations – dramatical political instability, i.e. Condorcet cycles of length two even for very high majority rules.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Mathematical Economics, 2009, vol. 45, pp.212-222
Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/10267
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