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Instructional Manual for Multilateral Bargaining in Public Decision Making


  • Glenn Harrison
  • Leo K. Simon


This paper describes a laboratory experiment design that has been developed to assess a new political economy institution for possible use in trade negotiations. The objective of this paper is to explain the implementation of this experimental design in the context of a "horizontal" model of a political economy. This environment is much more complex, and in a sense more "realistic" than the simpler environments considered in our [1990] companion paper. In Section 2 we briefly describe a general Multilateral Bargaining institution once again, so as to make the present discussion self-contained. In Section 3 we describe the present focus on a "horizontal model." In Section 4 we run through in some detail the numerical solution to the parameterized version of that model. Finally, in Section 5 we detail the use of computer software that has been developed to implement the laboratory experiments with the Multilateral Bargaining institution proposed here.

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  • Glenn Harrison & Leo K. Simon, 1992. "Instructional Manual for Multilateral Bargaining in Public Decision Making," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 90-gatt28, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ias:cpaper:90-gatt28

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