Multiplicity in General Financial Equilibrium with Portfolio Constraints

38 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2006  

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

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Date Written: August 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.

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

JEL Classification: D52, G12

Suggested Citation

Basak, Suleyman and Pavlova, Anna and Cass (deceased), David and Licari, Juan Manuel, Multiplicity in General Financial Equilibrium with Portfolio Constraints (August 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5804. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=936721

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Anna Pavlova

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

David Cass (deceased)

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

Juan Manuel Licari

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

160 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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