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How Optimism Leads to Price Discovery and Efficiency in a Dynamic Matching Market

We study a market search equilibrium with aggregate uncertainty, private information and heterogeneus beiefs. Traders initially start out optimistic and then update their beliefs based on their matching experience in the market, using the Bayes rule. It is shown that all separating equilibria converge to perfect competition in the limit as the time between matches tends to 0. We also establish existence of a separating equilibrium.

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Paper provided by Concordia University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10004.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 22 Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:crd:wpaper:10004
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