Information Externalities and Intermediaries in Frictional Search Markets
AbstractIn frictional matching markets with heterogeneous buyers and sellers, sellers incur discrete showing costs to show goods to buyers who incur discrete inspection costs to assess the suitability of the goods on offer. We study how brokers can help reduce these costs by managing the level and mix of goods in their inventory. Intermediaries emerge and improve social welfare when there is sufficient heterogeneity in the types of goods and preferences. Learning and inventory management enable search intermediaries to internalize information externalities generated in unintermediated private search.
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Search; Intermediation; Brokers; Housing Markets;
Other versions of this item:
- Xianwen Shi & Aloysius Siow, 2010. "Information Externalities and Intermediaries in Frictional Search Markets," Working Papers tecipa-398, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
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- NEP-ALL-2013-09-26 (All new papers)
- NEP-MIC-2013-09-26 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-URE-2013-09-26 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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