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Serial Dictatorship: the Unique Optimal Allocation Rule when Information is Endogenous

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  • Sophie Bade

    (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn)

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The study of matching problems typically assumes that agents precisely know their preferences over the goods to be assigned. Within applied contexts, this assumption stands out as particularly counterfactual. Parents typically do invest a large amount of time and resources to find out which school would be best for their children, doctors run costly tests to establish which kidney might be best for a given patient. In this paper I introduce the assumption of endogenous information acquisition into otherwise standard house allocation problems. I find that there is a unique ex ante Pareto-optimal, strategy-proof and non-bossy allocation mechanism: serial dictatorship. This stands in sharp contrast to the very large set of such mechanisms for house allocation problems without endogenous information acquisition.

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  • Sophie Bade, 2012. "Serial Dictatorship: the Unique Optimal Allocation Rule when Information is Endogenous," Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2012_11, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
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    Serial Dictatorship; House Allocation Problems; Endogenous Information;
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    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory

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