CFDP 1261

Information and the Existence of Stationary Markovian Equilibrium

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Publication Date: June 2000

Pages: 17

Abstract: 

We describe conditions for the existence of a stationary Markovian equilibrium when total production or total endowment is a random variable. Apart from regularity assumptions, there are two crucial conditions: (i) low information — agents are ignorant of both total endowment and their own endowments when they make decisions in a given period, and (ii) proportional endowments — the endowment of each agent is in proportion, possibly a random proportion, to the total endowment. When these conditions hold, there is a stationary equilibrium. When they do not hold, such equilibrium need not exist.

Keywords: 

Information, stochastic process, money, and disequilibrium

JEL Classification Codes:  C72, C73, D80

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Published in Annals of the International Society of Dynamic Games (2005), 7: 3-20