Financial Market Equilibria with Cumulative Prospect Theory

28 November 2008
Enrico De Giorgi
The paper shows that financial market equilibria need not exist if agents possess cumulative prospect theory preferences with piecewise-power value functions. The reason is an infinite short-selling problem. But even when a short-sell constraint is added, non-existence can occur due to discontinuities in agents' demand functions. Existence of equilibria is established when short-sales constraints are imposed and there is also a continuum of agents in the market
  • Mathematical Finance Seminar