Designing Economic Mechanisms

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Designing Economic Mechanisms

By Leonid Hurwicz; Stanley Reiter

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A mechanism is a mathematical structure that models institutions through which economic activity is guided and coordinated. There are many such institutions; markets are the most familiar ones. Lawmakers, administrators and officers of private companies create institutions in order to achieve desired goals. They seek to do so in ways that economize on the resources needed to operate the institutions, and that provide incentives that induce the required behaviors. This book presents systematic procedures for designing mechanisms that achieve specified performance, and economize on the resources required to operate the mechanism. The systematic design procedures are algorithms for designing informationally efficient mechanisms. Most of the book deals with these procedures of design. When there are finitely many environments to be dealt with, and there is a Nash-implementing mechanism, our algorithms can be used to make that mechanism into an informationally efficient one. Informationally efficient dominant strategy implementation is also studied.

Subject: Business & Economics -> Economics -> Principles of Microeconomics

Designing Economic Mechanisms
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 5/22/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511217587
ISBN 13: 9780511217586
Print ISBN: 9780521836418

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