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Dynamics, Stability, and Foresight in the Shapley-Scarf Housing Market

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  • Yoshio Kamijo

    (Waseda University)

  • Ryo Kawasaki

    (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

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While most of the literature starting with Shapley and Scarf (1974) have considered a static exchange economy with indivisibilities, this paper studies the dynamics of such an economy. We find that both the dynamics generated by competitive equilibrium and the one generated by weakly dominance relation, converge to a set of allocations we define as strictly stable, which we can show to exist. Moreover, we show that even when only pairwise exchanges between two traders are allowed, the strictly stable allocations are attained eventually if traders are sufficiently farsighted.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2009.51.

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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2009.51

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Keywords: Indivisible Goods Market; Dynamics; Competitive Allocation; Strict Core; Foresight; Stable Set;

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  1. Morimitsu Kurino, 2014. "House Allocation with Overlapping Generations," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 6(1), pages 258-89, February.

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