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Constrained-optimal strategy-proof assignment: Beyond the Groves mechanisms

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A single valuable object must be allocated to at most one of n agents. Monetary transfers are possible and preferences are quasilinear. We offer an explicit description of the individually rational mechanisms which are Pareto-optimal in the class of feasible, strategy-proof, anonymous and envy-free mechanisms. These mechanisms form a one-parameter infinite family; the Vickrey mechanism is the only Groves mechanism in that family.

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  • Sprumont, Yves, 2013. "Constrained-optimal strategy-proof assignment: Beyond the Groves mechanisms," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(3), pages 1102-1121.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:3:p:1102-1121
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2012.09.015
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    Assignment; Strategy-proof mechanisms; Groves mechanisms; Constrained optimality; No envy;
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    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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