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Exchange of indivisible goods and indifferences: the Top Trading Absorbing Sets mechanisms

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  • ALCALDE-UNZU, Jorge

    (Department of Applied Economics IV (Mathematics), UPV-EHU. Bilbao, Spain)

  • MOLIS, Elena

    (Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, CEREC, Bruxelles ; Université Catholique de Louvain, CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve)

Abstract

There is a wide range of economic problems involving the exchange of indivisible goods without monetary transfers, starting from the housing market model of the seminal paper of Shapley and Scarf [10] and including other problems like the kidney exchange or the school choice problems. For many of these models, the classical solution is the application of an algorithm/mechanism called Top Trading Cycles, attributed to David Gale, which satisfies good properties for the case of strict preferences. In this paper, we propose a family of mechanisms, called Top Trading Absorbing Sets mechanisms, that generalizes the Top Trading Cycles for the general case in which individuals can report indifferences, and preserves all its desirable properties.

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  • ALCALDE-UNZU, Jorge & MOLIS, Elena, 2009. "Exchange of indivisible goods and indifferences: the Top Trading Absorbing Sets mechanisms," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 2009062, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    housing market; indifferences; top trading cycles; absorbing sets;
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    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • 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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