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Simulating a Multiproduct Barter Exchange Economy

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  • Levy, Daniel
  • Bergen, Mark

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The authors describe a multiproduct barter trading experiment in which students exchange real goods in an open market based on their own personal preference. The experiment is designed f or simulating a pure exchange market in order to demonstrate the role o f money and its functions in real economies by showing the limitations and inefficiencies of the traditional barter economy. In addition, t he simulation is very effective in highlighting some of the key feature s that an object that serves as money needs to possess in order to function as an efficient medium of exchange, unit of account, and st ore of value. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Levy, Daniel & Bergen, Mark, 1993. "Simulating a Multiproduct Barter Exchange Economy," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(2), pages 314-321, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:31:y:1993:i:2:p:314-21
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    1. Levy, Daniel, 2007. "Price adjustment under the table: Evidence on efficiency-enhancing corruption," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 423-447, June.

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    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System

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