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Non-manipulable solutions in a permit sharing problem: Equivalence between non-manipulability and monotonicity


  • Sang-Chul Suh

    () (Department of Economics, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Canada)


Consider a problem of sharing a fixed amount of input (for example, pollution permits) among a group of agents who own technologies which transform an input good into an output good and who are interested in their shares of output only. A solution assigns each profile of technologies a pair of input and output shares for each agent. A solution is optimal if it maximizes the aggregated output by an appropriate distribution of the total permits among agents. We adopt the dominant strategy equilibrium and consider the issue of manipulation via technology. We show that, among optimal solutions, a solution is non-manipulable if and only if it is monotonic: a solution is monotonic if an agent's output share increases when the agent's technology changes in such a way that the aggregate output increases.

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  • Sang-Chul Suh, 2001. "Non-manipulable solutions in a permit sharing problem: Equivalence between non-manipulability and monotonicity," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 6(3), pages 447-460.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:reecde:v:6:y:2001:i:3:p:447-460 Note: Received: 20 May 1999 / Accepted: 18 September 2000

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    Permit sharing; manipulability; optimality; monotonicity;

    JEL classification:

    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation


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