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A note on optimal allocation mechanisms

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  • Figueroa, Nicols
  • Skreta, Vasiliki

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When the buyer's utility is non-linear in type, revenue-maximizing mechanisms for multiple goods may be random. This happens when the allocation rule obtained via pointwise optimization is not incentive compatible, which is possible even with strictly increasing virtual utilities.

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  • Figueroa, Nicols & Skreta, Vasiliki, 2009. "A note on optimal allocation mechanisms," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 169-173, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:3:p:169-173
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    1. Figueroa, Nicols & Skreta, Vasiliki, 2009. "A note on optimal allocation mechanisms," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 169-173, March.
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    1. Vasiliki Skreta, 2011. "On the informed seller problem: optimal information disclosure," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 15(1), pages 1-36, March.
    2. Figueroa, Nicols & Skreta, Vasiliki, 2009. "A note on optimal allocation mechanisms," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 169-173, March.

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