Multiplicity in General Financial Equilibrium with Portfolio Constraints, Second Version

36 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2006

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Suleyman Basak

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Anna Pavlova

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

David Cass (deceased)

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economics (deceased)

Juan Manuel Licari

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 17, 2006

Abstract

This paper explores the role of portfolio constraints in generating multiplicity of equilibrium. We present a simple financial market economy with two goods and two households, households who face constraints on their ability to take unbounded positions in risky stocks. Absent such constraints, equilibrium allocation is unique and is Pareto efficient. With one portfolio constraint in place, the efficient equilibrium is still possible; however, additional inefficient equilibria in which the constraint is binding may emerge. We show further that with portfolio constraints cum incomplete markets, there may be a continuum of equilibria; adding incomplete markets may lead to real indeterminacy.

Note: A previous version of this paper can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=889506

Keywords: Multiple equilibria, asset pricing, portfolio constraints, indeterminacy, financial equilibrium.

JEL Classification: G12, D52

Suggested Citation

Basak, Suleyman and Pavlova, Anna and Cass (deceased), David and Licari, Juan Manuel, Multiplicity in General Financial Equilibrium with Portfolio Constraints, Second Version (July 17, 2006). PIER Working Paper No. 06-020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=918205 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.918205

Suleyman Basak

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

Anna Pavlova

London Business School ( email )

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United Kingdom
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HOME PAGE: http://faculty.london.edu/apavlova

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

David Cass (deceased) (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economics (deceased)

Juan Manuel Licari

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science
133 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6297
United States

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