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Double Implementation in a Market for Indivisible Goods with a Price Constraint

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  • Azacis, Helmuts

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    (Cardiff Business School)

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I consider the problem of assigning agents to indivisible objects, in which each agent pays a price for his object and all prices sum to a given constant. The objective is to select an assignment-price pair that is envy-free with respect to the agents' true preferences. I propose a simple mechanism whereby agents announce valuations for all objects and an envy-free allocation is selected with respect to these announced preferences. I prove that the proposed mechanism implements both in Nash and strong Nash equilibrium the set of true envy-free allocations.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2005/10.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Publication status: Published in Games and Economic Behaviour , 62(1), pp. 140-154, January 2008.
Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2005/10

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Keywords: Indivisible Goods; Envy-Freeness; Implementation; Strong Nash Equilibrium;

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  1. ANDERSSON, Tommy & EHLERS, Lars & SVENSSON, Lars-Gunnar, 2010. "Budget-Balance, Fairness and Minimal Manipulability," Cahiers de recherche 2010-09, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  2. Carmen Bevié, 2009. "Manipulation Games in Economics with Indivisible Goods," Working Papers 371, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  3. Velez, Rodrigo A. & Thomson, William, 2012. "Let them cheat!," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 948-963.

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