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The Guidance of an Enterprise Economy$
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Martin Shubik and Eric Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034630

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034630.001.0001

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Minimal Institutions: Game Theory and Gaming

Minimal Institutions: Game Theory and Gaming

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The Guidance of an Enterprise Economy

Martin Shubik

Eric Smith

The MIT Press

The General Equilibrium system provides a pre-institutional modeling structure appropriate to studying many allocative properties of the price system. The economies we live in ere encompassed by their polities and societies. The task laid out here is to indicate how to build process models of the economy that are consistent with the General Equilibrium system, but build out in a systematic manner towards the multitude of institutions that are the carriers of process in an ongoing society. It is argued here that this can be done in such a manner that there is a natural cascade of process models consistent with General Equilibrium: but these become progressively more complex as new functions are required to support the dynamics of the society. The first step into a mathematical institutional economics involves the invention of markets and money and the endogenization of price formation.

Keywords:   Process models, minimal institutions, money, loan markets, default

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