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Working Paper

A theory of targeted search


Abstract: We present a theory of targeted search, where people with a finite information processing capacity search for a match. Our theory explicitly accounts for both the quantity and the quality of matches. It delivers a unique equilibrium that resides in between the random matching and the directed search outcomes. The equilibrium that emerges from this middle ground is inefficient relative to the constrained Pareto allocation. Our theory encompasses the outcomes of the random matching and the directed search literature as limiting cases.

Keywords: matching; assignment; search; efficiency; information;

JEL Classification: C78; D83; E24; J64;

https://doi.org/10.24149/wp1402

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2014-02-13

Number: 1402

Pages: 55 pages