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The Extent of the Market and the Optimal Degree of Specialization

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In this paper I examine the socially optimal allocation in a random matching economy. The optimal allocation is supported by punishment to defections, using the public record of agents transaction. However, public record-keeping is imperfect, as an agent s transaction is updated into the public record with probability r

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  • Shouyong Shi, 2002. "The Extent of the Market and the Optimal Degree of Specialization," Working Papers shouyong-02-02, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
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    1. Ed Nosal & Guillaume Rocheteau, 2006. "The economics of payments," Policy Discussion Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Feb.

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    Record-keeping; specialization; incentive constraints.;

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