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Stable Marriages and Search Frictions

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  • Stephan Lauermann
  • Georg Nöldeke

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    (University of Basel)

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We embed a two-sided matching market with non-transferable utility, a marriage market, into a random search model. We study steadystate equilibria and characterize the limit of the corresponding equilibrium matchings as exogenous search frictions become small. The central question is whether the set of such limit matchings coincides with the set of stable matchings for the underlying marriage market. We show that this is the case if and only if there is a unique stable matching. Otherwise, the set of limit matchings contains the set of all stable deterministic matchings, but also contains unstable random matchings. These unstable random matchings are Pareto dominated. Thus, vanishing frictions do not guarantee the eciency of decentralized marriage markets.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel in its series Working papers with number 2012/10.

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Keywords: Marriage Market; Stable Matchings; Random Matchings; Serarch Frictions;

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  1. Margaret Stevens, 2007. "New Microfoundations For The Aggregate Matching Function," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 48(3), pages 847-868, 08.
  2. Max Planck Institute & Stephan Lauermann, 2007. "Dynamic Matching and Bargaining Games: A General Approach," 2007 Meeting Papers 269, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Federico Echenique & Sangmok Lee & Matthew Shum & M. Bumin Yenmez, 2013. "The Revealed Preference Theory of Stable and Extremal Stable Matchings," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 81(1), pages 153-171, 01.
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Cited by:
  1. Quingmin Liu & George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2012. "Matching with Incomplete Information," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1870, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Qingmin Liu & George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2012. "Stable Matching with Incomplete Information, Second Version," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-028, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, revised 17 Jun 2013.
  3. Jean Guillaume Forand & Vikram Maheshri, 2013. "(De)Regulation and Market Thickness," Working Papers 2013-252-38, Department of Economics, University of Houston.

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