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Exchange of indivisible goods and indifferences: the Top Trading Absorbing Sets mechanisms

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  • ALCALDE-UNZU, Jorge

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    (Department of Applied Economics IV (Mathematics), UPV-EHU. Bilbao, Spain)

  • MOLIS, Elena

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    (Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, CEREC, Bruxelles ; Université Catholique de Louvain, CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve)

Abstract

There is a wide range of economic problems involving the exchange of indivisible goods without monetary transfers, starting from the housing market model of the seminal paper of Shapley and Scarf [10] and including other problems like the kidney exchange or the school choice problems. For many of these models, the classical solution is the application of an algorithm/mechanism called Top Trading Cycles, attributed to David Gale, which satisfies good properties for the case of strict preferences. In this paper, we propose a family of mechanisms, called Top Trading Absorbing Sets mechanisms, that generalizes the Top Trading Cycles for the general case in which individuals can report indifferences, and preserves all its desirable properties.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2009062.

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Keywords: housing market; indifferences; top trading cycles; absorbing sets;

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  3. Lars EHLERS, 2014. "Strategy-Proofness and Essentially Single-Valued Cores Revisited," Cahiers de recherche 05-2014, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
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  5. Aziz, Haris & Brandt, Felix & Harrenstein, Paul, 2013. "Pareto optimality in coalition formation," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 562-581.
  6. Alcalde, José & Subiza, Begoña, 2012. "Affirmative Action and School Choice," QM&ET Working Papers 12-3, Universidad de Alicante, Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos y Teoría Económica.
  7. José Alcalde Pérez & Begoña Subiza Martínez, 2012. "On integration policies and schooling," Working Papers. Serie AD 2012-06, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  8. Lars Ehlers, 2012. "Top Trading with Fixed Tie-Breaking in Markets with Indivisible Goods," Cahiers de recherche 03-2012, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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