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A Decentralized Market with Common Values Uncertainty: Non-Steady States

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  • Blouin, Max R
  • Serrano, Roberto

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We analyse a market where (i) trade proceeds by random and anonymous pairwise meetings with bargaining; (ii) agents are asymmetrically informed about the value of the traded good; and (iii) no new entrants are allowed once the market is open. We show that information revelation and efficiency are never obtained in equilibrium, even as discounting is removed. This holds whether the asymmetry is two-sided or one-sided. In some cases there exist equilibria where a substantial amount goes untraded. This contrasts with the earlier literature, which was based on the steady-state equilibria of a model where agents enter the market every period. Copyright 2001 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited

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Volume (Year): 68 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 323-46

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