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Monotonicity, Non-Participation, and Directed Search Equilibria

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  • James Bland, Simon Loertscher

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We consider the canonical directed search framework in which sellers play pure strategies and assume that buyers play strategies that are monotone in prices, can remain inactive and choose to do so whenever their payoff from participating is zero regardless of what the other buyers do. We show that directed search equilibria, which have been the focus of the literature, are the only equilibria that satisfy these assumptions. Directed search equilibria are selected here not because buyers cannot coordinate – no such assumption is made – but because they fail to play strategies that require them to increase the demand for a seller’s good as this good becomes more expensive.

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  • James Bland, Simon Loertscher, 2012. "Monotonicity, Non-Participation, and Directed Search Equilibria," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1147, The University of Melbourne.
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    Keywords

    Directed search; monotone strategies; directed search equilibrium.;

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    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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