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Mechanism Design by an Informed Principal - Pure-Strategy Equilibria for a Common Value Model

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  • Rolf Tisljar
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    We present a common value mechanism design model for an informed principal where only the principal has private information, but her one-dimensional private information is allowed to be distributed according to any probability measure. For this model we characterize the set of pure-strategy perfect Bayesian equilibria. Furthermore, we present several equilibrium refinements based on the concept of equilibrium domination to take account of beliefs off the equilibrium path. Finally, we demonstrate that the extension of the strong solution of Myerson (Econometrica, 1983) to our model is supported as an equilibrium satisfying all refinement criteria presented (in case a strong solution exists).

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    Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse21_2002.

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    Length: 51
    Date of creation: Sep 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse21_2002

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    Keywords: equilibrium refinement; infinite signaling game; informed principal; mechanism design; perfect Bayesian equilibrium; principle of inscrutability; revelation principle; strong solution;

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    1. Tisljar, Rolf, 2003. "Optimal trading mechanisms for an informed seller," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 81(1), pages 1-8, October.
    2. Rolf Tisljar, 2002. "Optimal Trading Mechanisms for an Informed Seller," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse33_2002, University of Bonn, Germany.
    3. Vasiliki Skreta, 2008. "On the Informed Seller Problem: Optimal Information Disclosure," Working Papers 08-10, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.

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