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Search Theory; Current Perspectives

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  • Shouyong Shi

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In this article I briefly review recent developments in search theory. Particular attention is given to the framework of directed search. I first illustrate the inefficiency that arises in the equilibrium of standard (undirected) search models. Then I provide a formulation of directed search and show that the resulting equilibrium eliminates the inefficiency. Examples of directed search with price posting and auction are provided both for the market with a finite number of individuals and for a large market. After describing the application of search models in monetary theory, I conclude with a remark on the future research.

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  • Shouyong Shi, 2006. "Search Theory; Current Perspectives," Working Papers tecipa-273, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
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    1. Richard Dutu & Benoit Julien & Ian King, 2009. "Liquidity Constrained Competing Auctions," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1068, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Vincenzo Quadrini & Ramon Marimon & Thomas Cooley, 2012. "Risky Investments with Limited Commitment," 2012 Meeting Papers 603, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    3. Guerrieri, Veronica & Julien, Benoit & Kircher, Philipp & Wright, Randall, 2017. "Directed Search: A Guided Tour," CEPR Discussion Papers 12315, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Yuan Yuan, 2014. "Funding Liquidity and Market Liquidity," DETU Working Papers 1406, Department of Economics, Temple University.

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    Keywords

    Search; Efficiency; Unemployment;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • E10 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - General

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