A decentralized model of information pricing in networks

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We propose a recursive method of pricing an information good in a network of holders and demanders of this good. The prices are determined via a unique equilibrium outcome in a sequence of bilateral bargaining games that are played by connected agents. If the information is a homogenous, non-depreciating good without network effects, we derive explicit formulae which elucidate the role of the link pattern among the players. Particularly, we find out that the equilibrium price is intimately related to the existence of cycles in the network: it is zero if a cycle covers the trading pair and it is proportional to the direct and indirect utility that the good generates otherwise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-512
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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