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Assigning agents to a line

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  • Hougaard, Jens Leth

    (University of Copenhagen)

  • Moreno-Ternero, Juan D.

    (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, and CORE, Univeristé catholique de Louvain)

  • Østerdal, Lars Peter

    () (Department of Business and Economics)

Abstract

We consider the problem of assigning agents to a facility, represented by slots on a line, where only one agent can be served at a time. There is a finite number of agents, and each one wants to be served as close as possible to his preferred slot. We first consider deterministic assignment of agents to slots. We characterize (Pareto) efficiency in such setting and provide an algorithm for testing if a given deterministic assignment is efficient. We also characterize utilitarianism (minimization of the total gap between preferred and assigned slots) and provide a quick algorithm for testing if a given deterministic assignment is utilitarian. We then consider probabilistic assignment of agents to slots. In such framework, we characterize, making use of the previous algorithms, a method which is ordinally efficient and utilitarian.

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  • Hougaard, Jens Leth & Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2012. "Assigning agents to a line," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 11/2012, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics.
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    1. Hougaard, Jens Leth & Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2014. "Assigning agents to a line," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 539-553.
    2. Aziz, Haris & Hougaard, Jens Leth & Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2017. "Computational aspects of assigning agents to a line," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 93-99.
    3. François Maniquet & Massimo Morelli, 2015. "Approval quorums dominate participation quorums," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 45(1), pages 1-27, June.
    4. CORNUEJOLS, Gérard & WOLSEY, Laurence & YILDIZ, Sercan, 2013. "Sufficiency of cut-generating functions," CORE Discussion Papers 2013027, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    5. Youngsub Chun & Boram Park, 2017. "A graph theoretic approach to the slot allocation problem," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 48(1), pages 133-152, January.

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    Keywords

    Random assignment; ordinal efficiency; ex post efficiency; congested facility; utilitarianism;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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