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The Role of Information in Different Bargaining Protocols

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  • Rafael Hortala-Vallve

    (Government Department, London School of Economics)

  • Aniol Llorente-Saguer

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

  • Rosemarie Nagel

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ICREA)

Abstract

We analyze a bargaining protocol recently proposed in the literature vis-à-vis unconstrained negotiation. This new mechanism extracts “gains from trade” inherent in the differing valuation of two parties towards various issues where conflict exists. We assess the role of incomplete vs. complete information in the efficiency achieved by this new mechanism and by unconstrained negotiation. We find that unconstrained negotiation does best under a situation of complete information where the valuations of both bargaining parties are common knowledge. Instead, the newly proposed mechanism does best in a situation with incomplete information. The sources of inefficiencies in each of the two cases arise from the different strategic use of the available information.

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  • Rafael Hortala-Vallve & Aniol Llorente-Saguer & Rosemarie Nagel, 2012. "The Role of Information in Different Bargaining Protocols," Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2012_12, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
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    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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