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Mechanism design and communication networks

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  • Tomala, Tristan

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    (Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, HEC Paris)

  • Renou, Ludovic

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    (Department of Economics, University of Leicester)

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This paper studies a mechanism design model where the players and the designer are nodes in a communication network. We characterize the communication networks (directed graphs) for which, in any environment (utilities and beliefs), every incentive compatible social choice function is partially implementable. We show that any incentive compatible social choice function is implementable on a given communication network, in all environments with either common independent beliefs and private values or a worst outcome, if and only if the network is strongly connected and weakly 2-connected. A network is strongly connected if for each player, there exists a directed path to the designer. It is weakly 2-connected if each player is either directly connected to the designer or indirectly connected to the designer through two disjoint paths, {\em not necessarily directed}. We couple encryption techniques together with appropriate incentives to secure the transmission of each player's private information to the designer.

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Volume (Year): 7 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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Handle: RePEc:the:publsh:921

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Keywords: Mechanism design; incentives; Bayesian equilibrium; communication networks; encryption; secure transmission;

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  1. Mohamed Belhaj & Sebastian Bervoets & Frédéric Deroïan, 2013. "Network Design under Local Complementarities," AMSE Working Papers 1309, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France, revised 12 Feb 2013.
  2. Mohamed Belhaj & Sebastian Bervoets & Frédéric Deroïan, 2013. "Network Design under Local Complementarities," Working Papers halshs-00796487, HAL.
  3. Pinghan Liang, 2010. "Transfer of Authority within Hierarchy," Levine's Working Paper Archive 661465000000000139, David K. Levine.

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