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Information Acquisition and Efficient Mechanism Design

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  • Dirk Bergemann

    (Department of Economics, Yale University, U.S.A.)

  • Juuso Valimaki

    (Department of Economics, University of Southampton, U.K.)

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We consider a general mechanism design setting where each agent can acquire (covert) information before participating in the mechanism. The central question is whether a mechanism exists that provides the efficient incentives for information acquisition ex-ante and implements the efficient allocation conditional on the private information ex-post. It is shown that in every private value environment the Vickrey-Clark-Groves mechanism guarantees both ex-ante as well as ex-post efficiency. In contrast, with common values, ex-ante and ex-post efficiency cannot be reconciled in general. Sufficient conditions in terms of sub- and supermodularity are provided when (all) ex-post efficient mechanisms lead to private under- or over-acquisition of information. Copyright The Econometric Society 2002.

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  • Dirk Bergemann & Juuso Valimaki, 2002. "Information Acquisition and Efficient Mechanism Design," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 70(3), pages 1007-1033, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:70:y:2002:i:3:p:1007-1033
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