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Strategyproof single unit award rules

  • Szilvia Pápai


    (Department of Finance and Business Economics, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA)

The problem of allocating a single indivisible unit to one of several agents is considered, where monetary compensations are not allowed, and the unit is not necessarily desirable to each agent. In addition to strategyproofness, three properties of social choice functions are considered: Pareto-optimality, nondictatorship, and nonbossiness. It is shown that these three additional criteria cannot be satisfied simultaneously. However, any two of the additional criteria can be satisfied. We give characterizations of the classes of strategyproof social choice functions satisfying these three pairs of properties.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 18 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 785-798

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:18:y:2001:i:4:p:785-798
Note: Received: 18 February 1998/Accepted: 15 May 2000
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