Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

12-2012

Abstract

We define a solution concept, perfectly contracted equilibrium, for an intertemporal exchange economy where agents are simultaneously price takers in spot commodity markets while engaging inefficient, non-Walrasian contracting over future prices. Without requiring that agents have perfect foresight, we show that perfectly contracted equilibrium outcomes are a subset of Pareto optimal allocations. It is a robust possibility for perfectly contracted equilibrium outcomes to differ from Arrow-Debreu equilibrium outcomes. We show that both centralized banking and retrading with bilateral contracting can lead to perfectly contracted equilibria.

Keywords

equilibrium, future prices, uncertainty, contracts

Discipline

Economic Theory | Finance

Research Areas

Economic Theory

First Page

1

Last Page

39

Publisher

Singapore Management University Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series, Paper No. 36-2012

City or Country

Singapore

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

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