Directed and Competitive Search: A Guided Tour

Directed and Competitive Search: A Guided Tour

By Philipp Kircher, Ranfall Wright, Benoît Julien and Veronica Guerrieri

Published in Journal of Economic Literature


This essay surveys the literature on directed search and competitive search equilibrium, covering theory and a variety of applications. These models share features with traditional search theory, but also differ in important ways. They share features with general equilibrium theory, but with explicit frictions. Equilibria are often efficient, mainly because markets price goods plus the time required to get them. The approach is tractable and arguably realistic. Results are presented for finite and continuum economies. Private information and sorting with heterogeneity are analyzed. While emphasizing issues and applications, we also provide several hard-to-find technical results.

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