Efficient Non-Contractible Investments in Large Economies

Abstract

Do investors making complementary investments face the correct incentives, especially when they cannot contract with each other prior to their decisions? We present a two-sided matching model in which buyers and sellers make investments prior to matching. Once matched, buyer and seller bargain over the price, taking into account outside options. Efficient decisions can always be sustained in equilibrium. We characterize the inefficiencies that can arise in equilibrium and show that equilibria will be constrained efficient. We also show that the degree of diversity in a large market has implications for the extent of any inefficiency. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: C78, D41, D51. 2001 Elsevier Science doi:10.1006 jeth.2001.2797, available online at http: www.idealibrary.com on

DOI: 10.1006/jeth.2001.2797

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@article{Cole2001EfficientNI, title={Efficient Non-Contractible Investments in Large Economies}, author={Harold L. Cole and George J. Mailath and Andrew Postlewaite}, journal={J. Economic Theory}, year={2001}, volume={101}, pages={333-373} }