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The Boulogne fish market: the social structure and the role of loyalty


  • Pasquale Cirillo
  • Gabriele Tedeschi
  • Mauro Gallegati


We examine the Boulogne wholesale fish market, analysing the structure of the trading network between sellers and buyers. Differently from other works in the literature, our analysis indicates a significant amount of ‘bilateral loyalty’ seller--buyer. Loyalty is from buyers to a few sellers as well as from sellers to a few buyers. We also show that loyalty has an impact on prices, discriminating among agents.

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  • Pasquale Cirillo & Gabriele Tedeschi & Mauro Gallegati, 2012. "The Boulogne fish market: the social structure and the role of loyalty," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(11), pages 1075-1079, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:11:p:1075-1079
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.613749

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