A simple auctioneerless mechanism with Walrasian properties

Mark Walker

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A simple mechanism for reallocating holdings is described, in which no auctioneer is required: outcomes are determined solely from traders' actions and without any requirement that the mechanism be in equilibrium. The mechanism is shown to exactly duplicate the performance of the Walrasian auctioneer (both in its equilibria and in its disequilibrium path) if individuals are price takers, and, if the number of individuals is large, to approximately duplicate the auctioneer's performance even when individuals behave strategically, each taking account of his own influence on prices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-127
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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