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Trading in a Pure Exchange Economy without an Auctioneer: An Experimental Approach

Porter, David and Rangel, Antonio (1993) Trading in a Pure Exchange Economy without an Auctioneer: An Experimental Approach. Social Science Working Paper, 822. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores alternatives to the vVa1rasian Auctioneer for the allocation of resources in a pure exchange economy lacking a bilateral coincidence of wants. We have created three different computerized trading processes called BARTER, NUMERAIRE, and CARE (acronym for Computer Assisted Resource Exchange). CARE is a "smart market" in the sense that it contains computer algorithms that assist users in finding a coincidence of wants. The experimental results show that CARE outperforms BARTER and NUMERAIRE by extracting most of the gains from exchange with fewer contracts, lower volume, smaller utility swings, and lower variances in final utility positions.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Flight Projects Office of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. All of the software design and implementation are the work of Wesley Boudville. Without his infinite patience and expert programming skills the Cassini Resource Exchange would not be a reality. We also thank John Casani and Dennis Malson who are the driving force for this new form of science management, and especially John Ledyard for his in any comments and encouragement.
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Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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