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Externalities and compensation: Primeval games and solutions

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  • Ju, Yuan
  • Borm, Peter

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The classical literature (Pigou (1920), Coase (1960), Arrow (1970)) and the relatively recent studies (cf.Varian (1994)) associate the externality problem with efficiency.This paper focuses explicitly on the compensation problem in the context of externalities.To capture the features of inter-individual externalities, this paper constructs a new game-theoretic framework: primeval games.These games are used to design normative compensation rules for the underlying compensation problems: the marginalistic rule, the concession rule, and the primeval rule.Characterizations of the marginalistic rule and the concession rule are provided and specific properties of the primeval rule are studied.
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  • Ju, Yuan & Borm, Peter, 2008. "Externalities and compensation: Primeval games and solutions," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(3-4), pages 367-382, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:44:y:2008:i:3-4:p:367-382
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    1. Yuan Ju & David Wettstein, 2009. "Implementing cooperative solution concepts: a generalized bidding approach," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 39(2), pages 307-330, May.
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    1. Yuan Ju & Peter Borm & Pieter Ruys, 2007. "The consensus value: a new solution concept for cooperative games," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 28(4), pages 685-703, June.
    2. Yuan Ju & David Wettstein, 2009. "Implementing cooperative solution concepts: a generalized bidding approach," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 39(2), pages 307-330, May.

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    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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