Econometrica: Sep 1985, Volume 53, Issue 5

Equilibrium in a Market with Sequential Bargaining

https://doi.org/0012-9682(198509)53:5<1133:EIAMWS>2.0.CO;2-X
p. 1133-1150

Ariel Rubinstein, Asher Wolinsky

This paper considers a market where pairs of agents who are interested in carrying out a transaction are brought together by a stochastic process and, upon meeting, initiate a bargaining process over the terms of the transaction. The basic bargaining problem is treated with the strategic approach. The paper derives the steady state equilibrium agreements; analyzes their dependence on market conditions such as the relative numbers of agents of different types; and discusses their relations with the competitive equilibrium outcome and other results in the search equilibrium literature.

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