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A Note on Optimal Allocation Mechanisms

  • Vasiliki Skreta
  • Nicolas Figueroa

When the buyer's utility is non-linear in type, revenue-maximizing mechanisms for multiple goods may be random. This happens when the allocation rule obtained via pointwise optimization is not incentive compatible, which is possible even with strictly increasing virtual utilities.

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Paper provided by New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-13.

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Date of creation: 2008
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  1. John G. Riley & William Samuelson, 1979. "Optimal Auctions," UCLA Economics Working Papers 152, UCLA Department of Economics.
  2. Maskin, Eric S & Riley, John G, 1984. "Optimal Auctions with Risk Averse Buyers," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(6), pages 1473-1518, November.
  3. Thanassoulis, John, 2004. "Haggling over substitutes," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 217-245, August.
  4. Vasiliki Skreta & Nicolas Figueroa, 2008. "A Note on Optimal Allocation Mechanisms," Working Papers 08-13, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.
  5. Lollivier, Stefan & Rochet, Jean-Charles, 1983. "Bunching and second-order conditions: A note on optimal tax theory," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 392-400, December.
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