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King Solomon's Dilemma: A Laboratory Study on Implementation

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  • John H. Kagel
  • A. Alexander Elbittar

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This paper reports an experiment involving two mechanisms that allocate a single unit of an indivisible private good among two players, at no cost to either of them. Both mechanisms, proposed by Moore (1992) and Perry and Reny (1999), are compared in terms of their relative performance to assign the good to the agent with the highest valuation, and without monetary transfer. Both mechanisms have similar performances allocating the object to the agent with the highest valuation. Perry-Reny's mechanism performs better in an incomplete information environment than in a complete information environment. Moore's mechanism showed a better performance in a complete information environment. A modified version of the Perry-Reny's mechanism was also considered, showing a better performance in terms of efficiency and in terms of predictions. Some hypotheses about different sources of variability affecting the relative performance of each mechanism are also tested

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 North American Winter Meetings with number 592.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecm:nawm04:592

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Keywords: Implementation theory; mechanism design; and laboratory experiments.;

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  1. Dunia López-Pintado & Giovanni Ponti, 2003. "Solomon'S Dilemma: An Experimental Study On Dynamic Implementation," Working Papers. Serie AD 2003-11, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  2. Charness, Gary B & Cabrales, Antonio & Corchon, Luis C, 2001. "An Experiment on Nash Implementation," University of California at Santa Barbara, Economics Working Paper Series qt8275577k, Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara.
  3. Giovanni Ponti, 2000. "Splitting The Baby In Two: How To Solve Solomon'S Dilemma When Agents Are Boundedly Rational," Working Papers. Serie AD 2000-08, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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