The expected externality mechanism in a level-k environment

The expected externality mechanism in a level-k environment Mechanism design theory strongly relies on the concept of Nash equilibrium. However, studies of experimental games show that Nash equilibria are rarely played and that subjects may be thinking only a finite number of iterations. We study one of the most influential benchmarks of mechanism design theory, the expected externality mechanism (D’Aspremont and Gerard-Varet, J Public Econ 11:25–45, 1979) in a finite-depth environment described by the Level-k model. While the original mechanism may fail to implement the efficient rule in this environment, it can be adjusted to restore efficiency. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Game Theory Springer Journals

The expected externality mechanism in a level-k environment

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Author(s)
Subject
Economics; Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods; Game Theory, Economics, Social and Behav. Sciences; Behavioral/Experimental Economics; Operations Research/Decision Theory
ISSN
0020-7276
eISSN
1432-1270
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00182-017-0579-5
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Abstract

Mechanism design theory strongly relies on the concept of Nash equilibrium. However, studies of experimental games show that Nash equilibria are rarely played and that subjects may be thinking only a finite number of iterations. We study one of the most influential benchmarks of mechanism design theory, the expected externality mechanism (D’Aspremont and Gerard-Varet, J Public Econ 11:25–45, 1979) in a finite-depth environment described by the Level-k model. While the original mechanism may fail to implement the efficient rule in this environment, it can be adjusted to restore efficiency.

Journal

International Journal of Game TheorySpringer Journals

Published: May 17, 2017

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