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Robust Mechanism Design: An Introduction

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This essay is the introduction for a collection of papers by the two of us on "Robust Mechanism Design" to be published by World Scientific Publishing. The appendix of this essay lists the chapters of the book. The objective of this introductory essay is to provide the reader with an overview of the research agenda pursued in the collected papers. The introduction selectively presents the main results of the papers, and attempts to illustrate many of them in terms of a common and canonical example, the single unit auction with interdependent values. In addition, we include an extended discussion about the role of alternative assumptions about type spaces in our work and the literature, in order to explain the common logic of the informational robustness approach that unifies the work in this volume.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1818.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Publication status: Published in Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics (2012), 8(3): 169-230
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1818

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Keywords: Mechanism design; Robust mechanism design; Common knowledge; Universal type space; Interim equilibrium; Ex post equilibrium; Dominant strategies; Rationalizability; Partial implementation; Full implementation; Robust implementation;

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