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General Competitive Analysis in an Economy with Private Information

Working Paper 203 | Published March 1, 1983

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Robert Townsend Economics Professor, University of Chicago

General Competitive Analysis in an Economy with Private Information

Abstract

General competitive analysis is extended to cover a dynamic, pure-exchange economy with privately observed shocks to preferences. In the linear, infinite-dimensional space containing lotteries we establish the existence of optima, the existence of competitive equilibria, and that every competitive equilibrium is an optimum. An example illustrates that rationing and securities with contrived risk have an equilibrium interpretation.


Published in _International Economic Review_ (Vol. 25, No. 1, February 1984, pp. 1-20), https://doi.org/10.2307/2648863.