Roy Radner
Born (1927-06-29) June 29, 1927 (age 95)
DiedOctober 6, 2022(2022-10-06) (aged 95)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Scientific career
FieldsMathematical economics
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorLeonard Jimmie Savage

Roy Radner (June 29, 1927 - October 6, 2022)[1][2] was Leonard N. Stern School Professor of Business at New York University.[3] He was a micro-economic theorist. Radner's research interests included strategic analysis of climate change, bounded rationality, game-theoretic models of corruption, pricing of information goods and statistical theory of data mining.[4] Previously he was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Life and Career

Roy Radner received his Ph.B. in the Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago in 1945. Continuing his education at the University of Chicago, Radner went on to receive a B.S. in Mathematics in 1950, an M.S. in Mathematics in 1951, and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics in 1956. [5] He died on October 6, 2022 at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, aged 95. [6]

Radner equilibrium

Among Radner's various contributions, the one that bears his name, Radner equilibrium (1968), is a model of financial markets.[7][8][9] In the traditional approach if the value of an asset or a contingent claim is affordable then it can be achieved. Not so with incomplete market as the payoff has to be replicable by trading of available assets that are now part of the definition of the economy. The first consequence of such a requirement is that budget sets do not fill the available space and are typically smaller than hyperplanes. Because the dimension of vectors orthogonal to the budget set is larger than one there is no reason for the price systems supporting an equilibrium to be unique up to scaling, likewise the first order conditions no longer implies that gradient of agents are collinear at equilibrium. Both happen to fail to hold generically: the first theorem of welfare economics is hence the first victim of incompleteness. Pareto-optimality of equilibria generally does not hold.[10] In traditional complete markets any policy would be undone through trading of rational expectation agents. This is no longer the case with incomplete markets as such policy-neutralising trading is no longer necessarily possible. Various policies (tax-related,[11] monetary,[12][13] etc. ) have an effect when introduced when markets are incomplete. Additionally incompleteness opens the door for a theory of financial innovation with real impact.[14] This was not possible in the traditional complete market general equilibrium model as any contingent claim could be replicated by trading and financial innovation would have no real effect.

Awards and recognition

Selected bibliography

Journal articles


  1. ^ Roy Radner
  2. ^ Roy Radner's Curriculum Vitae - NYU Stern School of Business
  3. ^ "Prof. Roy Radner".
  4. ^ "NYU Stern - Roy Radner - Leonard N. Stern Professor of Business, Emeritus".
  5. ^ "Roy Radner".
  6. ^ "Roy Radner Obituary".
  7. ^ Radner (Jan. 1968) "Competitive Equilibrium under Uncertainty", Econometrica, pp. 31-58. [1]
  8. ^ Chiaki Hara (2006) "General Equilibrium Theory: Lecture Note," Kyoto University. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 14, 2006. Retrieved October 14, 2006.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Magill and Quinzii (2002) "Theory of incomplete markets. 1," MIT Press.
  10. ^ Geanakoplos and Polemarchakis (1985) "Existence, Regularity, and Constrained Suboptimality of Competitive Allocations When the Asset Market Is Incomplete." [2]
  11. ^ John Geanakoplos and H. M. Polemarchakis (2008) "Pareto improving taxes," [3]
  12. ^ Drèze, J.H. and Polemarchakis, H. (2001). "Monetary equilibria", ch. 5 in Debreu, G., Neuefeind, W. and Trockel, W. (eds.), Economics Essays. A Festschrift for Werner Hildenbrand, Berlin: Springer.
  13. ^ Magill, M.; Quinzii, M. (1992). "Real effects of money in general equilibrium". Journal of Mathematical Economics. 21 (4): 301–342. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/0304-4068(92)90012-v.
  14. ^ Elul, Ronel (1995). "Welfare Effects of Financial Innovation in Incomplete Markets Economies with Several Consumption Goods". Journal of Economic Theory. 65 (1): 43–78. doi:10.1006/jeth.1995.1002.