Equilibrium theory with a measure space of possibly satiated consumers

Cornet B., Topuzu M., Yildiz A.

JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS, vol.39, pp.175-196, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0304-4068(03)00052-1
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-196


Walras equilibria may not exist when consumers' preferences are possibly satiated. To overcome this difficulty, several extended notions of equilibria have been proposed and all reduce to Walras equilibria under nonsatiation and free disposal. This includes the notions of equilibria with slack (also called dividend equilibria) as by Dreze and Muller [J. Economic Theory 23 (1980) 131], Makarov [J. Mathematical Economics 8 (1981) 87], Aumann and Dreze [Econometrica 54 (1986) 127 1], Mas-Colell [Equilibrium theory with possibly satiated preferences, in: Majumdar, M. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Essays in Honour of David Gale on Equilibrium and Dynamics, Macmillan, London, pp. 201-213], monetary equilibria as by Kajii [J. Mathematical Economics 25 (1996) 75], or weak equilibria as by Polemarchakis and Siconolfi [J. Mathematical Economics 22 (1993) 85], which are all defined when there are finitely many consumers. This includes also the notion of free disposal equilibrium, when markets clear in a weak sense, allowing free disposal. Our paper considers an economy with a measure space of consumers and provides a general existence result of equilibria for the various existing notions. This result extends in particular the result by Hildenbrand [Econometrica 38 (1970) 608] on the existence of Walras equilibria. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.