Natural Instability of Equilibrium Prices

39 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2018 Last revised: 28 Jan 2018

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Dmitry Levando

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Maxim Sakharov

Bauman Moscow State Technical University

Date Written: January 4, 2018

Abstract

We develop a theory of market instability caused by strategic trade with complete information and without outside shocks. We focus on general equilibrium duopoly as a strategic market game with infinite strategies, and a pricing mechanism. First order conditions of the game are the 1-st kind integral equations of Fredholm, which have many solutions.

A solution is a probability distribution and can be approximated only. We suggest a modification of Tikhonov regularization for their numerical approximation. Impossibility to construct a unique and exact solution imposes a restriction on existence of converging common beliefs of players about actions of each other, on existence of rational expectations, and on price discovery property of the market, although the market is informationally efficient.

Approximated price has unremovable instabilities, 'natural instabilities', specific to parameters of a chosen approximation.

Our result is also related to existence of sun-spot equilibrium, and noise trade.

Keywords: Strategic Market Games, Ill-Posed Problems, Common Knowledge, Rational Expectations, Efficient Market, Price Fluctuations

JEL Classification: C68, C61, C72, D59, E31, E32, G14, G7

Suggested Citation

Levando, Dmitry and Sakharov, Maxim, Natural Instability of Equilibrium Prices (January 4, 2018). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 01/WP/2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3100363

Dmitry Levando (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Maxim Sakharov

Bauman Moscow State Technical University ( email )

Brigadirskiy pereulok, 14
Moscow, 105005
Russia

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