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An Equilibrium Analysis of Search and Breach of Contract, I: Steady States

Peter Diamond () and Eric Maskin

Bell Journal of Economics, 1979, vol. 10, issue 1, 282-316

Abstract: We study the steady-state equilibrium of models where individuals meet pairwise in a costly stochastic search process and negotiate contracts to product output. Different meetings yield different outputs, and so an individual in a contract may wish to continue search to find a better match. If he is successful, he will break his original contract. In anticipation of possible breaches, contracts may provide for compensation to be paid to the breached-against partner. We examine the effects that several alternative damage rules have on equilibrium search and breach behavior.

Date: 1979
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