Market Organisation and Trading Relationships

Posted: 3 Aug 2000

See all articles by Gerard Weisbuch

Gerard Weisbuch

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS)

Alan Kirman


Dorothea Herreiner

Loyola Marymount University


In this paper we give a theoretical model of buyers' behaviour on a market for a perishable good where no prices are posted. We show that if buyers learn from their own previous experience there is a sharp division between those who learn to be loyal to certain sellers and those who continue to 'shop around'. This feature remains in more general models which are simulated and is consistent with empirical data from the Marseille fish market.

JEL Classification: D40, L10

Suggested Citation

Weisbuch, Gerard and Kirman, Alan and Herreiner, Dorothea K., Market Organisation and Trading Relationships. Available at SSRN:

Gerard Weisbuch

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) ( email )

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Laboratoire de Physique Statistique
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Alan Kirman

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Dorothea K. Herreiner (Contact Author)

Loyola Marymount University ( email )

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United States
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