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Designing Economic Mechanisms

Designing Economic Mechanisms by Leonid Hurwicz
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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.
Cambridge University Press; May 2006
356 pages; ISBN 9780511217586
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Title: Designing Economic Mechanisms
Author: Leonid Hurwicz; Stanley Reiter
 
ISBNs
0511217587
9780511217586
9780521836418