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Adaptive Dynamics and the Implementation Problem with Complete Information

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This paper studies the equilibrating process of several implementation mecha-nisms using naive adaptive dynamics. We show that the dynamics converge and are stable, for the canonical mechanism of implementation in Nash equilibrium. In this way we cast some doubt on the criticism of complexity commonly used against this mechanism. For mechanisms that use more refined equilibrium concepts, the dynamics converge but are not stable. Some papers in the literature on implemen-tation with refined equilibrium concepts have claimed that the mechanisms they propose are simple and implement everything (in contrast with the canoni-cal mechanism). The fact that some of these simple mechanisms have unstable equilibria suggests that these statements should be interpreted with some caution. Key Words: Implementation; Bounded Rationality; Evolutionary dynamics; Mechanisms.

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  • Antonio Cabrales, "undated". "Adaptive Dynamics and the Implementation Problem with Complete Information," ELSE working papers 009, ESRC Centre on Economics Learning and Social Evolution.
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    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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