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Strategy-Proof Package Assignment

  • Erlanson, Albin

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Szwagrzak, Karol

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    (Department of Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

We examine the strategy-proof allocation of multiple divisible and indivisible resources; an application is the assignment of packages of tasks, workloads, and compensations among the members of an organization. We find that any allocation mechanism obtained by maximizing a separably concave function over a polyhedral extension of the set of Pareto-efficient allocations is strategy-proof. Moreover, these are the only strategy-proof and unanimous mechanisms satisfying a coherence property and responding well to changes in the availability of resources. These mechanisms generalize the parametric rationing mechanisms (Peyton Young, 1987, Mathematics of Operations Research 12 (3), 397-414.), some of which date back to the Babylonian Talmud.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 13 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2013_043
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