Perfect Competition in a Bilateral Monopoly (in Honor of Martin Shubik)
25 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2005
Date Written: September 2005
We show that if limit orders are required to vary smoothly, then strategic (Nash) equilibria of the double auction mechanism yield competitive (Walras) allocations. It is not necessary to have competitors on any side of any market: smooth trading is a substitute for price wars. In particular, Nash equilibria are Walrasian even in a bilateral monopoly.
Keywords: Limit orders, double auction, Nash equilibria, Walras equilibria, perfect competition, bilateral monopoly, mechanism design
JEL Classification: C72, D41, D42, D44, D61
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