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Indeterminacy and directed search

Coles, Melvyn G and Eeckhout, Jan (2003) 'Indeterminacy and directed search.' Journal of Economic Theory, 111 (2). pp. 265-276. ISSN 0022-0531

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The directed search approach assumes each seller posts a fixed price and, ex post, randomly allocates the good should more than one buyer desire the good. This paper assumes sellers can post prices which are contingent on ex post realized demand; e.g. an advertisement might state the Bertrand price should there be more than one buyer, which corresponds to an auction outcome. Competition in fixed prices and ex post rationing describes equilibrium behavior. There is also real market indeterminacy: a continuum of equilibria exists which are not payoff equivalent. Sellers prefer the equilibrium in auctions. © 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: indeterminacy; directed search
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2013 12:42
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:54

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