Finance and Stochastics

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 177–206 | Cite as

An example of a stochastic equilibrium with incomplete markets

  • Gordan Žitković


We prove existence and uniqueness of stochastic equilibria in a class of incomplete continuous-time financial environments where the market participants are exponential utility maximizers with heterogeneous risk-aversion coefficients and general Markovian random endowments. The incompleteness featured in our setting—the source of which can be thought of as a credit event or a catastrophe—is genuine in the sense that not only the prices, but also the family of replicable claims itself are determined as a part of the equilibrium. Consequently, equilibrium allocations are not necessarily Pareto optimal and the related representative-agent techniques cannot be used. Instead, we follow a novel route based on new stability results for a class of semilinear partial differential equations related to the Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation for the agents’ utility maximization problems. This approach leads to a reformulation of the problem where the Banach fixed-point theorem can be used not only to show existence and uniqueness, but also to provide a simple and efficient numerical procedure for its computation.


Equilibrium Exponential utility Incomplete markets Mathematical finance 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)2010

91G80 35K59 

JEL Classification

C62 G11 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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