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Uncertain delivery in markets for lemons

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  • Joao Correia-da-Silva

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    (CEMPRE and Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

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The notion of uncertain delivery is extended to study exchange economies in which agents have different abilities to distinguish between goods (for example a car in good condition versus a car in bad condition). In this setting, it is useful to distinguish goods not only by their physical characteristics,but also by the agent that is bringing them to the market. Equilibrium is shown to exist, and characterized by the fact that agents always receive the cheapest bundle among those that they cannot distinguish from truthful delivery. Several examples are presented as an illustration.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 310.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:310

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Keywords: General equilibrium; Asymmetric information; Adverse selection; Uncertain delivery; Pool; Delivery rates;

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