Decentralized Trading, Strategic Behaviour and the Walrasian Outcome
AbstractFor a market with a finite number of agents, pairwise matching, and bargaining, it is shown that, even when the market is frictionless, the equilibrium is not necessarily competitive. It depends on the amount of information agents use. If their behavior is conditioned only on the sets of agents present and the time, the competitive solution is the unique subgame perfect equilibrium. If agents have full information and condition their behavior on some of it, there are also noncompetitive equilibria in which behavior depends on specific information such as the identity of the trading partner and past events. Copyright 1990 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.
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- Rubinstein, Ariel & Wolinsky, Asher, 1990. "Decentralized Trading, Strategic Behaviour and the Walrasian Outcome," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(1), pages 63-78, January.
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