Exit and Power in General Equilibrium

40 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2008 Last revised: 16 Oct 2008

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Hans H. Haller

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2008

Abstract

We integrate individual power in groups into general equilibrium models. The relationship between group formation, resource allocation, and the power of specific individuals or particular sociological groups is investigated. We introduce, via an illustrative example, three appealing concepts of power and show that there is no monotonic relationship between these concepts. Then we examine existence of competitive equilibria with free exit and study whether maximal individual power is consistent with Pareto efficiency. As applications, we discuss when power spillovers occur and we identify human relation paradoxes: positive externalities increase, but none of the household members gains in equilibrium. We further identify implicit, determinate and de facto power.

Keywords: group formation, competitive markets, power, exit

JEL Classification: D41, D50, D60

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans and Haller, Hans H., Exit and Power in General Equilibrium (August 2008). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2369. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1258337

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