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Trading Uncertainty and Market Form

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  • Ionnides, Yannis M

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This paper examines purely random multilateral matching among a large number of informationally isolated individuals who desire to trade. The structure of links among traders is characterized by means of random graphs, defined by a parameter that is chosen by prospective traders. Trading groups of all sizes (including pairs as a special case) result, but the size distribution may contain a mass point at infinity. That is, within a certain subset of the entire economy, trading uncertainty is entirely eliminated. The equilibrium price distribution consists of a mass point and of a mixture of densities. Copyright 1990 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Ionnides, Yannis M, 1990. "Trading Uncertainty and Market Form," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 31(3), pages 619-638, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:31:y:1990:i:3:p:619-38
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