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Bilateral Matching and Latin Squares

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  • Aliprantis, C. D.
  • Camera, G.
  • Puzzello, D.

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We develop a general procedure to construct pairwise meeting processes characterized by two features. First, in each period the process maximizes the number of matches in the population. Second, over time agents meet everybody else exactly once. We call this type of meetings "absolute strangers." Our methodological contribution to economics is to offer a simple procedure to construct a type of decentralized trading environments usually employed in both theoretical and experimental economics. In particular, we demonstrate how to make use of the mathematics of Latin Squares to enrich the modeling of matching economies.

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  • Aliprantis, C. D. & Camera, G. & Puzzello, D., 2006. "Bilateral Matching and Latin Squares," Purdue University Economics Working Papers 1189, Purdue University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1189
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    Keywords

    Latin squares ; Matching models ; Spatial interactions;

    JEL classification:

    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General

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