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A Market-Based Mechanism for Allocating Space Shuttle Secondary Payload Priority

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  • John Ledyard
  • David Porter
  • Randii Wessen

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This is an investigation into the design of a market-based process to replace NASA's current committee process for allocating Shuttle secondary payload resources (lockers, Watts and crew). The market-based process allocates budgets of tokens to NASA internal organizations that in turn use the budget to bid for priority for their middeck payloads. The scheduling algorithm selects payloads by priority class and maximizes the number of tokens bid to determine a manifest. The results of a number of controlled experiments show that such a system tends to allocate resources more efficiently by guiding participants to make resource and payload tradeoffs. Most participants were able to improve their position over NASA's current ranking system. Furthermore, those that are better off make large improvements while the few that do worse have relatively small losses. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Experimental Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 173-195

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Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:2:y:2000:i:3:p:173-195

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Keywords: mechanism design; auctions; scheduling;

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  1. Hans-Theo Normann & Roberto Ricciuti, 2009. "Laboratory Experiments For Economic Policy Making," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(3), pages 407-432, 07.
  2. Ledyard, J. & Noussair, C.N. & Thronson, H. & Ulrich, P. & Varsi, G. & Healy, P., 2007. "Contracting inside an organization: An experimental study," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-194861, Tilburg University.
  3. Charness, Gary & Kuhn, Peter J., 2010. "Lab Labor: What Can Labor Economists Learn from the Lab?," IZA Discussion Papers 4941, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Andrew Reeson & Karel Nolles, 2009. "Experimental Economics: Applications to Environmental Policy," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series 2009-03, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.

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