Matching in Informal Financial Institutions
Jan Eeckhout () and
Kaivan Munshi ()
Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, vol. 8, issue 5, 947-988
This paper analyzes an informal financial institution that brings heterogeneous agents together in groups. We analyze decentralized matching into these groups, and the equilibrium composition of participants that consequently arises. We find that participants sort remarkably well across the competing groups, and that they re-sort immediately following an unexpected exogenous regulatory change. These findings suggest that the competitive matching model might have applicability and bite in other settings where matching is an important equilibrium phenomenon. (JEL: O12, O17, G20, D40) (c) 2010 by the European Economic Association.
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