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An Experimental Evaluation of the Serial Cost Sharing Rule

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  • Laura Razzolini

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  • Michael Reksulak
  • Robert Dorsey

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This paper proposes an experimental test of the strategic equilibrium properties of the serial cost sharing rule originally proposed by Shenker (1990) and then analyzed by Moulin and Shenker (1992). We report measure of the performance and efficiency of the serial mechanism by comparing the choices and payoffs attained by the subjects to the expected first best allocations. Experimental evidence shows that, while some learning is needed, the serial mechanism leads to almost efficient allocations.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Theory and Decision.

Volume (Year): 63 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 283-314

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:63:y:2007:i:3:p:283-314

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Keywords: cost sharing rule; experiments;

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Cited by:
  1. Cason, Timothy N. & Saijo, Tatsuyoshi & Sjostrom, Tomas & Yamato, Takehiko, 2003. "Secure Implementation Experiments: Do Strategy-proof Mechanisms Really Work?," Working Papers 4-03-1, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Gailmard, Sean & Palfrey, Thomas R., 2005. "An experimental comparison of collective choice procedures for excludable public goods," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(8), pages 1361-1398, August.
  3. David Cooper, 2007. "An introduction to the symposium on behavioral game theory," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 33(1), pages 1-10, October.
  4. Tatsuyoshi Saijo & Tomas Sjostrom & Takehiko Yamato, 2003. "Secure Implementation:Strategy-Proof Mechanisms Reconsidered," Discussion papers 03019, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  5. Jesse A. Schwartz & Quan Wen, 2007. "A Subsidized Vickrey Auction for Cost Sharing," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0705, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.

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