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Strategy-proof package assignment

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  • Erlanson, Albin

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Szwagrzak, Karol

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    (Department of Business and Economics)

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We examine the strategy-proof allocation of multiple divisible and indivisible resources; an application is the assignment of packages of tasks, workloads, and compensations among the members of an organization. We find that any allocation mechanism obtained by maximizing a separably concave function over a polyhedral extension of the set of Pareto-efficient allocations is strategy-proof. Moreover, these are the only strategy-proof and unanimous mechanisms satisfying a coherence property and responding well to changes in the availability of resources. These mechanisms generalize the parametric rationing mechanisms (Young, 1987), some of which date back to the Babylonian Talmud.

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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 5/2014.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 07 Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sdueko:2014_005

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Keywords: Package assignment; Indivisible objects; Strategy-proofness;

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