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The ex ante incentive compatible core in the absence of wealth effects

  • Forges, Françoise
  • Mertens, Jean-François
  • Vohra, Rajiv

In a differential information economy with quasi–linear utilities, monetary transfers facilitate the fulfillment of incentive compatibility constraints : the associated ex ante core is generically nonempty. However, we exhibit a well–behaved exchange economy in which this core is empty, even if goods are allocated through random mechanisms.

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Publication status: Published in Econometrica, 2002, Vol. 70, no. 5
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