Endowments, Exclusion, and Exchange
45 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2017 Last revised: 19 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 2, 2017
We propose a new solution for discrete exchange economies and resource-allocation problems, the exclusion core. The exclusion core rests upon a foundational idea in the legal understanding of property, the right to exclude others. By reinterpreting endowments as a distribution of exclusion rights, rather than as bundles of goods, our analysis extends to economies with qualified property rights, joint ownership, social hierarchies, and production. The exclusion core is characterized by a generalized top trading cycle algorithm in a large class of economies, including those featuring private, public, and mixed ownership. It is neither weaker nor stronger than the strong core.
Keywords: Exchange Economy, Property Rights, Core, Top Trading Cycles, House Exchange
JEL Classification: C71, D47, K11
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