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Conditions for incentive compatibility in models with multidimensional allocation functions and one-dimensional types

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We extend the conditions for incentive compatibility in mechanism design problems to a more general structure of preferences than that found in the literature, for the case where type is one-dimensional but the outcome function becomes multidimensional. This is so, at least, as long as preferences can be represented by means of sub-utility functions, it is adopted a weak single-crossing property and direct mechanisms turn out to be differentiable. When direct mechanisms are not differentiable, local incentive conditions still remain fully incentive compatible, provided utility is weakly separable in the outcome function, or else, it exhibits linearity in the type. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • X. Ruiz del Portal, 2012. "Conditions for incentive compatibility in models with multidimensional allocation functions and one-dimensional types," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 16(4), pages 311-321, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:reecde:v:16:y:2012:i:4:p:311-321
    DOI: 10.1007/s10058-012-0131-9
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    1. X. Ruiz del Portal, 2012. "On the Direct Versus Indirect Taxation Controversy," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 203(4), pages 9-22, December.

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    Keywords

    Mechanism design; Incentive compatibility; Optimal contract; Sub-utility function; D82; D86; H21; H23;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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