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Could Markets' Equilibrium Sets Be Fractal Attractors?

Dominique, C-Rene (2009): Could Markets' Equilibrium Sets Be Fractal Attractors?

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The assumption that markets are positive linear structures moving toward stable fixed-point equilibria is not supproted by empirical investigations.This note reformulates the purest and the simplestof all Walrasian models, i. e.,a pure exchange economy, and shows that even such a simple market moves toward a compact time-invariant set of prices due to the constant destruction and creation of excess demands under the impulsion of self-interested agents with strong monotone preferences. Fractal attractors better explain continuous market fluctuations, 'black swans', and the flawed risk assessments of market risks of the financial engineers of Wall Street.

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