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Middlemen and the Allocation of Heterogeneous Goods

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  • Alok Johri
  • Lohn Leach

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This paper presents a general equilibrium model in which middlemen emerge to facilitate trade in an environment of idiosyncratic tastes and heterogeneous goods. The gains to the traders can be measured along three dimensions: the rate of production, the time preference losses generated by the matching process, and the quality of the match between consumers’ preferences and the goods they ultimately consume.

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  • Alok Johri & Lohn Leach, 2000. "Middlemen and the Allocation of Heterogeneous Goods," Department of Economics Working Papers 2000-06, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:2000-06
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