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Common agency games: Indifference and separable preferences

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  • Attar, Andrea
  • Majumdar, Dipjyoti
  • Piaser, Gwenaël
  • Porteiro, Nicolás

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This paper examines the role of direct mechanisms in common agency games. We focus on deterministic contracts and show how the introduction of a separability condition on the preferences of the agent is sufficient for the Revelation Principle to hold when finite games with generic payoffs are considered. The result goes through without imposing any restriction on the principals' payoffs. This provides a rationale for the restriction to direct mechanisms even when competition among principals is considered.

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  • Attar, Andrea & Majumdar, Dipjyoti & Piaser, Gwenaël & Porteiro, Nicolás, 2008. "Common agency games: Indifference and separable preferences," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 75-95, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:56:y:2008:i:1:p:75-95
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    6. Gwenaël Piaser, 2014. "Incentive compatible mechanisms in multiprincipal multiagent games," Working Papers 2014-49, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.

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