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Efficient trading with nonlinear utility

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  • Lu, Hu
  • Wang, Yuntong

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In an environment in which agents have nonlinear utility and sufficiently asymmetric initial endowments, we show that efficient trading is achievable. This result is in contrast with Myerson and Satterthwaite (1983), which shows efficient trading is not possible if agents have linear utility and asymmetric initial endowments. Our result is also different from Cramton et al. (1987), in which they maintain the linear utility assumption as in Myerson and Satterthwaite but assume that traders' initial endowments are relatively symmetric.

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  • Lu, Hu & Wang, Yuntong, 2010. "Efficient trading with nonlinear utility," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 595-606, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:46:y:2010:i:4:p:595-606
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    1. Cramton, Peter & Gibbons, Robert & Klemperer, Paul, 1987. "Dissolving a Partnership Efficiently," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 55(3), pages 615-632, May.
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    Cited by:

    1. Hu Lu & Yuntong Wang, 2014. "Efficient trading on a network with incomplete information," Working Papers 1405, University of Windsor, Department of Economics.
    2. Suh, Eunju & Tsai, Henry, 2013. "Examining the relationship between poker and the gaming volumes of Las Vegas hotel casinos," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(9), pages 1651-1658.

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