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Competing Mechanisms, Exclusive Clauses and the Revelation Principle

We consider multiple-principal multiple-agent games of incomplete information in which each agent can at most participate with one principal. In such contexts, we show that the restriction to direct truthful mechanisms involves a loss of generality, even if one only focuses on pure strategy equilibria. However, the traditional Revelation Principle retains its power in games with a single agent.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 201.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jun 2011
Date of revision: 30 Jun 2011
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:201
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