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I recently rediscovered Rothschild and Stiglitz's classic paper, "Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets".

In footnote 7, they refer to an earlier version of their paper for details on the robustness of their results to their assumptions. Does anyone know how to track that version down? Many different Google search queries haven't worked.

The complete citation for the working paper is

Rothschild, M., and J. E. Stiglitz, "Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets," Technical Report No. 170, IMSSS Stanford University, 1975.

On a separate note, the published version of their paper is beautifully written. You would be remiss to not have read it.

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    $\begingroup$ IMSSS stands for Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, which has been superseded by the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE). You could try contacting them to see if they have archived technical reports from the IMSSS era. Their website suggests that they have papers going back to at least 1990. BTW, your link to the paper seems wrong. $\endgroup$ – Herr K. May 24 '18 at 1:43
  • $\begingroup$ @HerrK. Thanks, I've fixed the link. I did figure out that IMSSS was the predecessor to SITE from my Google searches, but I was hoping someone here might know an easier way than trying to contact them directly first. I'll try that too in a couple of days. $\endgroup$ – Theoretical Economist May 24 '18 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ You can also contact the authors directly. They may have it digitized, they may even go into the trouble of digitizing it now, or they may direct you to some other paper where sensitivity/robustness analysis of their results is conducted. $\endgroup$ – Alecos Papadopoulos May 24 '18 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ It is a bit unfortunate that the older versions of several papers are not available anymore on web because of the renaming of institutions etc. I rememember I also wanted to an older version of a paper that the auhors had referred to in their published version. I could not find and when I wrote to the author(s) they replied saying unfortunately they had lost it too. Incidently, the paper was in the literauture related to R-S (1976) paper. Good luck. It would be a service to the community if you could post the paper if you do get it eventually. Also, I agree this paper is beautifully written. $\endgroup$ – user200947 Sep 23 '18 at 12:06
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(Edited) Here is the working paper. Enjoy.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MXb3OcOQc_lxNYC4CzsNTTax9_3Q_4UN/view?usp=sharing

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting. Why wouldn't that be appropriate? It would be great to make it public. $\endgroup$ – emeryville 18 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe you're right. I uploaded it. $\endgroup$ – cfgauss 17 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ Could you edit your post so that it is clearer how it answers the quesiton? $\endgroup$ – Ubiquitous 7 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ Amazing! Thank you for this. $\endgroup$ – Theoretical Economist 41 mins ago

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