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Markov Equilibria of Dynamic Matching and Bargaining Games

  • Gale, D.
  • Sabourian, H.

Rubinstein and Wolinsky (1990) show that a simple homogeneous market with exogenous matching has a continuum of (non-competitive) perfect equilibria; however, the unique Markov perfect equilibrium is competitive. By contrast, in the more general case of heterogeneous markets, we show there exists a continuum of (non-competitive) Markov perfect equilibria. However, a refinement of the Markov property, which we call monotonicity, does suffice to guarantee perfectly competitive behavior: we show that a Markov perfect equilibrium is competitive if and only if it is monotonic. The monotonicity property is closely related to the concept of Nash equilibrium with complexity costs.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 02-07.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:02-07
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