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Commodity money with frequent search

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  • Oberfield, Ezra
  • Trachter, Nicholas

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A prominent feature of the Kiyotaki–Wright model of commodity money is multiplicity of dynamic equilibria. We show that the extent of multiplicity hinges on the frequency of search. Holding fixed the average number of meetings over time, we vary search frequency by altering the interval between search opportunities. To isolate the role of search frequency, we focus on symmetric equilibria in a symmetric environment. For each frequency we characterize the entire set of payoffs, strategies, and dynamic paths consistent with equilibrium. Indexed by these features, as search frequency increases the set of equilibria converges uniformly to a unique limiting equilibrium.

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  • Oberfield, Ezra & Trachter, Nicholas, 2012. "Commodity money with frequent search," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(6), pages 2332-2356.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:147:y:2012:i:6:p:2332-2356
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2012.09.013
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    1. Kindler, A. & Bourgeois-Gironde, S. & Lefebvre, G. & Solomon, S., 2017. "New leads in speculative behavior," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 467(C), pages 365-379.
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    Keywords

    Commodity money; Search; Multiple equilibria; Sunspots;

    JEL classification:

    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games

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