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An Experimental Evaluation of the Serial Cost Sharing Rule

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  • Laura Razzolini
  • Michael Reksulak
  • Robert Dorsey

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This paper proposes an experimental test of the strategic equilibrium properties of the serial cost sharing rule originally proposed by Shenker (1990) and then analyzed by Moulin and Shenker (1992). We report measure of the performance and efficiency of the serial mechanism by comparing the choices and payoffs attained by the subjects to the expected first best allocations. Experimental evidence shows that, while some learning is needed, the serial mechanism leads to almost efficient allocations.
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  • Laura Razzolini & Michael Reksulak & Robert Dorsey, 2007. "An Experimental Evaluation of the Serial Cost Sharing Rule," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 63(3), pages 283-314, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:63:y:2007:i:3:p:283-314
    DOI: 10.1007/s11238-007-9038-2
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