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Simple sequencing problems with interdependent costs

  • Hain, Roland
  • Mitra, Manipushpak

In this paper we analyze sequencing situations under incomplete information where agents have interdependent costs. We first argue why Vickrey-Clarke-Groves (or VCG) mechanism fails to implement a simple sequencing problem in dominant strategies. Given this impossibility, we try to implement simple sequencing problems in ex-post equilibrium. We show that a simple sequencing problem is implementable if and only if the mechanism is a `generalized VCG mechanism'. We then show that for implementable n agent simple sequencing problems, with polynomial cost function of order (n-2) or less, one can achieve first best implementability. Moreover, for the class of simple sequencing problems with ``sufficiently well behaved'' cost function, this is the only class of first best implementable simple sequencing problems.

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Volume (Year): 48 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 271-291

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:48:y:2004:i:2:p:271-291
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