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The Current Non-Status of General Equilibrium Theory

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  • Donald W. Katzner

    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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This paper argues that the abandonment of general equilibrium theory by microeconomists was a mistake. It provides counter arguments to two of the reasons for that abandonment — lack of both generality and consistency with methodological individualism in uniqueness and stability analysis of equilibria — and urges microeconomists to refocus some of their attention on it.

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  • Donald W. Katzner, 2004. "The Current Non-Status of General Equilibrium Theory," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers 2004-10, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:ums:papers:2004-10
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    Keywords

    general equilibrium theory; price determination; methodological individualism.;

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    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General

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