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The Parking Lot Problem

  • Maria Arbatskaya

    (Department of Economics, Emory University)

  • Kaushik Mukhopadhaya

    (Department of Economics, Emory University)

  • Eric Rasmusen

    (CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo and Kelley School of Business, Indiana University)

If there is queueing for an underpriced good, the queueing can eat up the entire surplus, eliminating the social value of the good. An implication is that there is a discontinuity in social welfare between "enough" and "not enough" for certain goods such as parking spaces. This implies that if there is uncertainty in the number of demanders, the amount of the good should be set well in excess of the mean demand

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-119.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2001
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2001cf119
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