Introduction to sunspots and lotteries

Edward C. Prescott, Karl Shell

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This introduces the symposium on sunspots and lotteries. Two stochastic general-equilibrium concepts, sunspot equilibrium (SE) and lottery equilibrium (LE), are compared. It is shown that, for some general, pure-exchange economies which allow for consumption nonconvexities or moral hazards, the set of LE allocations is equivalent to the set of SE allocations provided that the randomizing device can generate events of any probability. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: D51, D82, D84, E32.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Economics and Econometrics


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