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Ignorance is bliss: rationality, information and equilibrium

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  • Sylvain Barde

    (University of Kent)

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An information-theoretic thought experiment is developed to provide a methodology for predicting endowment distributions in the absence of information on agent preferences. The allocation problem is first presented as a stylised knapsack problem. Although this knapsack allocation is intractable, the social planner can nevertheless make precise predictions concerning the endowment distribution by using its information-theoretic structure. By construction these predictions do not rest on the rationality of agents. It is also shown, however, that the knapsack problem is equivalent to a congestion game under weak assumptions, which means that the planner can nevertheless evaluate the optimality of the unobserved allocation.

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Paper provided by Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) in its series Documents de Travail de l'OFCE with number 2011-04.

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  1. Sylvain Barde, 2011. "Back to the future: a simple solution to schelling segregation," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2011-05, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
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