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Stable outcomes for contract choice problems

  • Lahiri, S.

In this paper, we consider the problem of choosing a set of multi-party contracts, where each coalition of agents has a non-empty finite set of feasible contracts to choose from. We call such problems, cntract choic problems. We provide conditions under which a contract choice problem has a non-empty set of "stable" outcomes. There are two types of stability concepts we study in this paper:cooperative stability and non- cooperative stability. The cooperative stability concept that we invoke here is the core. We also show, that a simple generalization of the Deferred Acceptance Procedure with men proposing due to Gale and Shapley(1962), yeilds outcomes for a generalized marriage problem, which necessarily belong to the core. The non-cooperative stability concept that we study here is individual stability. The final result of this paper states that every contract choice problem has a non-empty weak bargaining st.

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Article provided by Department of Mathematics, Corvinus University of Budapest in its journal Pure Mathematics and Applications.

Volume (Year): 15 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 409-418

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Handle: RePEc:cmt:pumath:puma2004v015pp0409-0418
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