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A note on the incompatibility of strategy-proofness and Pareto-optimality in quasi-linear settings with public budgets


  • Lavi, Ron
  • May, Marina


We show that any deterministic mechanism, for allocating identical items that are complements to budget-constrained bidders, cannot simultaneously satisfy individual-rationality, strategy-proofness, Pareto-efficiency, and no-positive-transfers. This holds even for two bidders, two items, and commonly-known budgets, and generalizes to richer settings.

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  • Lavi, Ron & May, Marina, 2012. "A note on the incompatibility of strategy-proofness and Pareto-optimality in quasi-linear settings with public budgets," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(1), pages 100-103.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:1:p:100-103 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.11.043

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    Budget constraints; Strategy-proofness; Pareto-optimality;

    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design


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