Dynamic Trading in a Durable Good Market with Asymmetric Information
We analyze a dynamic version of the Akerlof-Wilson "lemons" market in a competitive durable good setting. There is a fixed set of sellers with private information about the quality of their wares. The price mechanism sorts sellers of different qualities into different time periods--prices and average quality of goods traded increase over time. Goods of "all" qualities are traded in finite time. Market failure arises because of the waiting involved--particularly for sellers of better quality. The equilibrium path may exhibit intermediate breaks in trading. Copyright 2002 by the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Resarch Association
Volume (Year): 43 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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