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Matching Models and Housing Markets: the Role of the Zero-Profit Condition

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  • Gaetano Lisi

    (Creativity and Motivations Economic Research Centre (CreaM) - Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy)

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The recent and growing literature which has extended the use of search and matching models even to the housing market does not use the free entry or zero-profit assumption as a key condition for solving the equilibrium of the model. This is because a straightforward adaptation of the basic matching model to the housing market seems impossible. However, this short paper shows that the zero-profit condition can be easily reformulated to take the distinctive features of the housing market into account. Indeed, the zero-profit condition considers the possibility that a buyer can become a seller and vice versa, since it is used to find the equilibrium of the model where the transition process from seller (buyer) to buyer (seller) comes to an end.

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  • Gaetano Lisi, 2013. "Matching Models and Housing Markets: the Role of the Zero-Profit Condition," Economic Research Guardian, Weissberg Publishing, vol. 3(1), pages 54-60, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:wei:journl:v:3:y:2013:i:1:p:54-60
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    Keywords

    Housing Markets; Matching models; Zero-profit (or free-entry) condition;
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    JEL classification:

    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs

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