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Meeting Technologies and Optimal Trading Mechanisms in Competitive Search Markets

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  • Benjamin Lester
  • Ludo Visschers
  • Ronald Wolthoff

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In a market in which sellers compete by posting mechanisms, we allow for a general meeting technology and show that its properties crucially affect the mechanism that sellers select in equilibrium. In general, it is optimal for sellers to post an auction without a reserve price but with a fee, paid by all buyers who meet with the seller. However, we deï¬ne a novel condition on meeting technologies, which we call invariance, and show that meeting fees are equal to zero if and only if this condition is satisï¬ed. Finally, we discuss how invariance is related to other properties of meeting technologies identiï¬ed in the literature.

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