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Dynamic recontracting processes with multiple indivisible goods

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  • BOCHET, Olivier
  • KLAUS, Bettina
  • WALZL, Markus

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We consider multiple-type housing markets. To capture the dynamic aspect of trade in such markets, we study a dynamic recontracting process similar to the one introduced by Serrano and Volij (2005). First, we analyze the set of recurrent classes of this process as a (non-empty) solution concept. We show that each core allocation always constitutes a singleton recurrent class and provide examples of non-singleton recurrent classes consisting of blocking-cycles of individually rational allocations. For multiple-type housing markets stochastic stability never serves as a selection device among recurrent classes.Next, we propose a method to compute the limit invariant distribution of the dynamic recontracting process. The limit invariant distribution exploits the interplay of coalitional stability and accessibility that determines a probability distribution over final allocations. We provide various examples to demonstrate how the limit invariant distribution discriminates among stochastically stable allocations: surprisingly, some core allocations are less likely to be final allocations of the dynamic process than cycles composed of non-core allocations.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2007061.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2007061

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Keywords: core; indivisible goods; limit invariant distribution; stochastic stability;

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  1. Klaus, Bettina & Klijn, Flip & Walzl, Markus, 2008. "Stochastic Stability for Roommate Markets," Research Memorandum 010, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
  2. BOCHET, Olivier & KLAUS, Bettina & WALZL, Markus, 2007. "Dynamic recontracting processes with multiple indivisible goods," CORE Discussion Papers 2007061, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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