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Divide and compromise

Antonio Nicolo' () and Rodrigo Velez ()

Mathematical Social Sciences, 2017, vol. 90, issue C, 100-110

Abstract: We introduce two symmetrized versions of the popular divide-and-choose mechanism for the allocation of a collectively owned indivisible good between two agents when monetary compensation is available. Our proposals retain the simplicity of divide-and-choose and correct its ex-post asymmetry. When there is complete information, i.e., agents know each other well, both mechanisms implement in subgame perfect equilibria a unique allocation that would be obtained by a balanced market. The results hold for general continuous preferences that may not be quasi-linear.

Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.mathsocsci.2017.04.004

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