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Characterization of the Walrasian equilibria of the assignment model

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  • Mishra, D.
  • Talman, A.J.J.

    (Tilburg University)

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We study the assignment model where a collection of indivisible goods are sold to a set of buyers who want to buy at most one good. We characterize the extreme and interior points of the set of Walrasian equilibrium price vectors for this model. Our characterizations are in terms of demand sets of buyers. Using these characterizations, we also give a unique characterization of the minimum and the maximum Walrasian equilibrium price vectors. Also, necessary and suncient conditions are given under which the interior of the set of Walrasian equilibrium price vectors is non-empty. Several of the results are derived by interpreting Walrasian equilibrium price vectors as potential functions of an appropriate directed graph.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University in its series Open Access publications from Tilburg University with number urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3764046.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Mathematical Economics (2010) v.46, p.6-20
Handle: RePEc:ner:tilbur:urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3764046

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  3. Andersson, Tommy & Svensson, Lars-Gunnar & Ehlers, Lars, 2010. "Budget-Balance, Fairness and Minimal Manipulability," Working Papers 2010:16, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 15 Jan 2013.
  4. Andersson , Tommy & Yang , Zaifu & Zhang , Dongmo, 2014. "How to Efficiently Allocate Houses under Price Controls?," Working Papers 2014:24, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  5. Andersson, Tommy & Svensson, Lars-Gunnar, 2012. "Non-Manipulable House Allocation with Rent Control," Working Papers 2012:18, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 10 Jun 2013.
  6. Andersson, Tommy & Erlanson, Albin, 2013. "Multi-item Vickrey–English–Dutch auctions," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 116-129.

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