Bayesian optimal knapsack procurement
Ludwig Ensthaler and
Thomas Giebe ()
European Journal of Operational Research, 2014, vol. 234, issue 3, 774-779
A budget-constrained buyer wants to purchase items from a shortlisted set. Items are differentiated by observable quality and sellers have private reserve prices for their items. The buyer’s problem is to select a subset of maximal quality. Money does not enter the buyer’s objective function, but only his constraints. Sellers quote prices strategically, inducing a knapsack game. We report the Bayesian optimal mechanism for the buyer’s problem. We find that simultaneous take-it-or-leave-it offers are interim optimal.
Keywords: Game theory; Mechanism design; Knapsack problem; Subsidies; Budget; Procurement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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