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The curse of the first-in-first-out queue discipline

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We consider a congested facility where agents can line up at any time they wish after the facility opens (like airplane boarding, or drivers leaving stadium parking lots after a sports event). We show that in Nash equilibrium, within the general family of stochastic queue disciplines with no capacity waste, the focal first-in-first-out (FIFO) queue discipline is the worst while the last-in-first-out (LIFO) discipline is best.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark in its series Discussion Papers of Business and Economics with number 10/2012.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 23 May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sdueko:2012_010

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Keywords: Bottleneck; queue discipline; Nash equilibrium; FIFO; LIFO; welfare;

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  1. de Palma, André & Fosgerau, Mogens, 2013. "Random queues and risk averse users," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 230(2), pages 313-320.
  2. Glazer, Amihai & Hassin, Refael, 1983. "?/M/1: On the equilibrium distribution of customer arrivals," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 146-150, June.
  3. Vickrey, William S, 1969. "Congestion Theory and Transport Investment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 59(2), pages 251-60, May.
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  1. Why LIFO beats FIFO
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2012-06-14 14:10:00
  2. [??]FIFO????LIFO????
    by himaginary in himaginaryの日記 on 2012-06-14 07:00:00

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