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Buyer feedback as a filtering mechanism for reputable sellers

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  • Paolo Laureti
  • Frantisek Slanina
  • Yi-Kuo Yu
  • Yi-Cheng Zhang

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We propose a continuum model for the description of buyer and seller dynamics in an Internet market. The relevant variables are the research effort of buyers and the sellers' reputation building process. We show that, if a commercial website gives consumers the possibility to rate credibly sellers they bargained with, vendors are forced to be more honest. This leads to mutual beneficial symbiosis between buyers and sellers; the overall enhanced volume of transactions contributes ultimately to the website, which facilitates the matchmaking service.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Game Theory and Information with number 0307001.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jul 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0307001

Note: Type of Document - Postscript; prepared on linux; to print on PostScript; pages: 19; figures: included. Published on Physica A 316 (2002) 413
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Keywords: Asymmetric information; Internet commerce; Reputation mechanism;

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  1. Yannick Gabuthy & Nadège Marchand, 2004. "Does Resorting to Online Dispute Resolution Promote Agreements? Experimental Evidence," Working Papers 0401, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
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