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In economics, general equilibrium theory attempts to explain the behavior of supply, demand, and prices in a whole economy with several or many interacting markets, by seeking to prove that the interaction of demand and supply will result in an overall (or "general") equilibrium.

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Simulating Real Business Cycle

Basically I need to replicate Hartley's 'A User's Guide to Solving Real Business Cycle Models' (http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/kdsalyer/LECTURES/Ecn235a/Linearization/ugfinal.pdf). Specifically, ...
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Applications/generalizations of a theorem of Debreu

I would like to know how the last theorem in Debreu's paper "Neighboring economic agents" (La Decision 171 (1969): 85-90; reprinted in G. Debreu, Mathematical Economics: Twenty Papers of Gerard Debreu ...
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What is the true source of dynamic(Pareto) inefficiency in OLG models?

This question confuses me for some time. My first impression is that Pareto sub-optimality is due to feature that old generations will consume everything without any incentive to trade. But after ...
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What is the usefulness of approximating an optimal decision rule that close enough to steadystate in RBC model?

I'm reading understanding real business cycle by Plosser. Here's my crude understanding: For a RBC model, the FOCs of lagrangian together with transversality condition usually forms a nonlinear ...
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“Competitive equilibrium” vs. “General equilibrium”

What is the difference between the term "competitive equilibrium" and the term "general equilibrium"? Here in econ.SE, they are two different tags, so there is probably a difference between them, but ...
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How likely are the Sonnenschein-Mantel-Debreu results?

I have been reading about the SMD results and it's "damning" nature for GET. My understanding of the result is as follows: price changes not only cause a substitution effect but also change the wealth ...
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Throw-away paradox with independent goods

The throw-away paradox is a situation in which a trader can gain by throwing away some of his initial endowment. The specific example, brought by Aumann and Peleg in 1974, concerns an economy with ...
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How can I draw an edgeworth box with 3 different goods?

If there are 3 types of goods(x,y,z) and 2 consumers (a,b) how can I draw the Edgeworth box? It must be 3 dimensional, right? Is there a software or online tool that I can use to draw a 3D Edgeworth ...
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Does a General Equilibrium here require Pareto Optimality?

There are two consumers $A$ and $B$, and two producers $X$ and $Y$. he consumers are endowed with labour(L) and capital(K) $L_A,K_A$, and $L_B,K_B$ respectively. The preferences of the two consumers ...
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Solving Kaplan and Menzio: Shopping Time

Kaplan and Menzio's shopping time model is a search&matching unemployment model where we, for a steady state equilibrium, need to determine to variables: $J$: Value of a worker $u$: unemployment ...
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State of general equilibrium theories Post Blanchard 2008

This question arose from a useful comment I received upon answering a question on this site, and a recent question from a doctoral student. The so-called theory of general equilibrium (including the ...
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Equilibrium with Externalities: Solving without FOC

I have a general equilibrium problem, where households given objective function $U(c,n)$ solve for working hours and consumption $n, c$, and firms use labor to produce a consumption good - their ...
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Modelling Pay what you want

I have been trying to model a Pay What you Want scheme. Now, for a monopoly it is clear that monopoly will have more profit by setting monopoly pricing assuming all players are selfish. But consider a ...
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Stimulus Effect of the Minimum Wage

In the question about the minimum wage found here, I have heard several times that an increase in the minimum wage can, as one of several competing effects, "boost the economy" by increasing the ...
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Do general equilibrium models include money?

An economics professor told me that General Equilibrium models are a sophistication of barter. Does that imply that they don't include money? And if that is the case, are there any attempts to include ...
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Why are pricing charts treated as continuous series?

I understand that prices are set by actors' offers to buy and sell within the market, however, when analyzing the data it seems to often be treated as though the price is continuously varying like ...
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Is the contract curve orthogonal to the priceline?

Consider an exchange economy with two consumers A and B, two goods x, y. Consumers have identical preferences $U=xy$. Total available endowment are $E_x$ and $E_y$. This is the background of a ...
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How does Brouwer's fixed point theorem relate to Walrasian equilibrium?

I am trying to understand Walrasian equilibrium and its connection to fixed points, especially how we can apply Brouwer’s fixed point theorem to the notion of Walrasian equilibrium. I understand the ...
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What is an equilibrium generated by replication?

Sorry this might be a little too rudimentary for you, but I'm not an Econ background. When I was doing exercises for MGW chapter 17 "Positive Existence of Equilibrium" I came across the following ...
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What methods - inspired by Haavelmo’s Structural Econometrics - can show that a partial equilibrium model is unreliable?

According to Spanos 2014 Revisiting Haavelmo's Structural econometrics: Bridging the gap between theory and data Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models are statistically inadequate, in such an ...
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What can we know for sure among ambiguous impulse responses in RBC?

I'm trying to understand the section on responses to productivity disturbances in Understanding Real Business Cycles by Plossor. It seems to me ambiguity of representative agent's response in ...
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Equilibrium price and quantity - consumer and producer surplus

Inverse function of market demand for certain good is equal to $P=100-0.25Q$, inverse supply function is $P=20+0.55Q$. Calculate equilibrium price and quantity. Furthermore calculate consumer and ...
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Optimal Fight Purse and Boxing Strategies

The following is all public information available to all the players in this scenario. The General Setup In the aftermath of the infamous race between the tortoise and the hare, the salty hare went ...
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Equilibrium Uniqueness in a General Equilibrium Framework

I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the conditions that lead to a unique equilibrium in an exchange economy under a general equilibrium framework. More specifically, I know that the two "...
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References on mathematically rigorous general equilibrium theories

I'm looking for a relatively recent survey on the state of the art for mathematical general equilibrium. I'm especially interested in questions of uniqueness, stability and dynamics. (I'm planing on ...
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Why is the production possibility set convex?

I'm studying International Trade and came across this question: Suppose a specific factor model where the global production of something is given by $Q_{w}=Q_{1}(.) + Q_{2}(.)$, with $Q_{1}, Q_{2}$ ...
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Say's law stated in terms of general equilibrium theory?

Say's law is roughly that "an increase in aggregate supply generates an equal increase in aggregate demand". Can this law be stated, or derived from, a model of general equilibrium? EDIT: what if we ...
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Looking for discussion on equilibrium vs dynamic models in econometrics

I'm a statistician/machine learning scientist more familiar with molecular bio than economics. Trying to find out if an issue I perceive in bio modeling also occurs in econometric modeling. A common ...
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Quantity supplied & demanded equation with tax

Here's the simple question I can't get my head around :( QD= 120-P QS= 2P-10 Tax= 25 euro per unit How much does the government receive?
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Price ratio determined by endowments only?

Am I right to say in an Exchange Economy with two consumers with identical preferences, the equilibrium price (WEA) of the two goods would be determined by availability of two goods, i.e, total ...
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Blocking Coalitions

For $n$ individuals, can a blocking coalition only be formed by at least $n/2$ individuals? For example, if there are 6 individuals, can less than 3 individuals form blocking coalitions?
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Writing the core as the intersection of pareto efficient outcomes of all coalitions

I have been reviewing general equilibrium models and was trying to find an efficient method for computing the core of a cooperative game. I was taught this topic in a very poor way so I believe I ...
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Perfect risk sharing in Arrow-Debreu w/ the same subjective beliefs over states

So I'm looking at a 2-agent Arrow-Debreu economy with one good. Consumption and endowments are zero in t=0, and 2 states are possible in t=1 with aggregate endowment in both states equal to 1. We ...
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Solving Ag=b with non symmetric A

Following is a question that did not receive attention at math.SE at all. I am aware that is would be better suited there, but given its Economic background, perhaps it will get more attention here. ...
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Solving Stochastic Dynamic Optimization Problems: A difficulty with Lagrange Multipliers

In Wickens' Macroeconomics book, in page 552, the author states the following: «The stochastic problem can be solved using the method of Lagrange multipliers, but there is a problem with this ...
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Macroeconomics: Aggregate Demand, Equilibrium Dynamics and Expenditure Multipliers

I am having a hard time with the following economic questions (See attached). Here is my approach: Note about the curves: The graph below depicts an economy where a decline in aggregate demand has ...
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Non-unique utilities in a competitive equilibrium

In continuation to this question: Uniqueness of utilities in competitive equilibrium I think I found a simple example in which the utilities in equilibrium are not unique, and wanted to check if it is ...
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What would be the consequences of universal parity of buying power (wage value) and freedom to buy?

I've wondered about this for many, many, years..... maybe there's an answer (or several answers?) after all. As the global economy is set up, one reason a person in the US and EU can afford a nice ...
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Calculating price in a pure exchange economy

The problem is simple, I'm not really sure of my answer though. Consider an economy where there are two consumers and two goods: $$U_1(x_{11}, x_{21}) = x_{11}$$ $$U_2(x_{12}, x_{22}) = x_{22}$$ $...
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Can the social planner problem be reduced to a Pareto problem or a Walrasian equilibrium problem?

The social planner problem is \begin{align} \max_{\lbrace x_i,y_i,x_j,y_j \rbrace } &\theta_i U_i(x_i,y_i) +\theta_j U_i(x_j,y_j) \\ & \text{s.t.}\\ &x_i+x_j = \omega_i^x + \omega_j^x\\ &...
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How to find walrasian asignations? [closed]

In a economy Arrow Debreau of pure exchange with two agents and two goods. With utility function of Leontief for agent B, where $U_b(x_b,y_b)=\min(x_b,y_b)$; and for agent A a simple Cobb-Douglas $U_a(...
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Application of Intermediate Value Theorem for General Equilibrium

Here's a problem restated from Ross Starr's General Equilibrium Theory. Consider a two-commodity economy with an excess demand function $Z(p)=(Z_1(p),Z_2(p))$. The price space is $p \in P = \left \{...
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What are the assumptions behind calculating the market equilibrium from supply and demand curves?

Imagine that there are 5 buyers (B1,...,B5) with maximum willingness to pay as follows: B1 = $5 B2 = $4 B3 = $3 B4 = $2 B5 = $1 Imagine that there are 5 sellers (...
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Recent economics theories that involve differential topology?

The original development of general equilibrium theories involved differential topology. I wonder if there are any recently developed theories, in any field of economic theories, that utilize ...
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competitive equilibrium, Walrasian equilibrium, Walrasian auction

There are several sellers holding some indivisible goods, and several potential buyers with different valuations for these goods. I need to calculate the Walrasian equilibrium in this scenario, but ...
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Walras's Law V.S Say's Law- Is there a difference?

I've been going over the concept of Walras's Law and often references to Say's Law. I've heard and have seen online that they are really the same thing however by looking at the definitions I notice a ...
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Wealth transfer by Social Planner in GE

I am reading the definition of a price equilibrium with transfer in MWG on page 548, 524-5. Consider two-consumer exchange economy. If social planner wants to transfer wealth, how does she achieve ...
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Can an overall improvement in technology make the owners of one factor worse off?

In a closed two-factor economy, suppose there is a biased technological improvement that increases the productivity of both factors, but one more than the other. Can this reduce the aggregate returns (...
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Pure Exchange Economy

I need help drawing the Pareto Set for an Edgeworth economy. I know how to find the contract curve given an allocation, and I think that ends up being the competitive equilibria, but drawing the ...
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Uniqueness of utilities in competitive equilibrium

Suppose several traders are given some initial endowment of goods. Then, a free market opens and they trade until the market is at a competitive equilibrium. Each trader now has a final utility which ...