Non-existence and inefficiency of equilibria with American options

Charles Kahn, Stefan Krasa

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We analyze two examples of economies with incomplete financial markets. In the first model we consider a stock and an American put option on the stock. Although there is only one commodity and asset payoffs therefore do not depend on spot prices, we derive robust non-existence of equilibria. In the second model we consider an economy where a stock is the only asset available for trade. We show that it is impossible to complete the market by introducing American put options and that equilibria are inefficient. This example is also robust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalEconomic Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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