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Matching in Informal Financial Institutions

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  • Jan Eeckhout
  • Kaivan Munshi

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This paper analyzes an informal financial institution that brings heterogeneous agents together in groups. We analyze decentralized matching into these groups, and the equilibrium composition of participants that consequently arises. We find that participants sort remarkably well across the competing groups, and that they re-sort immediately following an unexpected exogenous regulatory change. These findings suggest that the competitive matching model might have applicability and bite in other settings where matching is an important equilibrium phenomenon. (JEL: O12, O17, G20, D40) (c) 2010 by the European Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (09)
Pages: 947-988

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  1. Tuomas Takalo & Otto Toivanen, 2012. "Entrepreneurship, Financiership, and Selection," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 114(2), pages 601-628, 06.
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  3. Marco van der Leij & Jaromir Kovarik, 2012. "Risk aversion and social networks," Working Papers. Serie AD 2012-01, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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