How Realistic is the Supply/Demand Equilibrium Story? A Simple Demonstration of False Trading and its Implications for Market Equilibrium
35 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2006 Last revised: 10 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 9, 2010
Transactions at non-equilibrium prices are false trades. Under standard assumptions, markets without false trading produce Pareto-efficient outputs. This paper demonstrates graphically the complications created when false trades occur, showing that quantities produced deviate from Pareto-efficient quantities except under unique conditions. In a general equilibrium framework, this spills over to cause Pareto-inefficient results in other markets as well. These observations call into question the use of standard supply-and-demand equilibrium theory as a starting point for policy analysis.
Keywords: Tâtonnement, False Trading, Pareto Efficiency, Convergence, Disequilibrium
JEL Classification: B41, D50
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