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(Minimally) ?-Incentive Compatible Competitive Equilibria in Economies with Indivisibilities

  • Tommy Andersson
  • Lars Ehlers
  • Lars-Gunnar Svensson

We consider competitive and budget-balanced allocation rules for problems where a number of indivisible objects and a fixed amount of money is allocated among a group of agents. In "small" economies, we identify under classical preferences each agent's maximal gain from manipulation. Using this result we find the competitive and budget-balanced allocation rules which are minimally manipulable for each preference profile in terms of any agent's maximal gain. If preferences are quasi-linear, then we can find a competitive and budget-balanced allocation rule such that for any problem, the maximal utility gain from manipulation is equalized among all agents.

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Paper provided by Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 04-2012.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montec:04-2012
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