A Concessions-Based Mechanism for Meta-Bargaining Problems
In 1950, Nash's seminal paper introduced the axiomatic approach to the analysis of bargaining situations. Since then, many bargaining solutions have appeared and been axiomatically analyzed. The fact that agents, when face a bargaining problem, can come up with different solution concepts (that is, di§erent notions of fairness and equity) was first introduced by van Damme (1986) by means of the meta-bargaining model. In this paper we present and axiomatically analyze a mechanism for solving meta-bargaining problems, which we call Unanimous-Concession. As an example, we show that the Nash solution is the result of the meta-bargaining process we define, when agents have dual egalitarian criteria. Finally, we compare, from an axiomatic and descriptive point of view, our proposal with other meta-bargaining mechanisms.
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