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Peer-to-Peer Networks: A Mechanism Design Approach

Oksana Loginova (), X. Wang () and Haibin Lu
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Oksana Loginova: Department of Economics, University of Missouri,

No 608, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri

Abstract: In this paper we use mechanism design approach to find the optimal file-sharing mechanism in a peer-to-peer network. This mechanism improves upon existing incentive schemes. In particular, we show that peer-approved scheme is never optimal and service-quality scheme is optimal only under certain circumstances. Moreover, we find that the optimal mechanism can be implemented by a mixture of peer-approved and service-quality schemes.

Keywords: peer-to-peer networks; mechanism design. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C7 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-12-22, Revised 2006-06-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ict, nep-mic, nep-mkt, nep-net and nep-soc
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Published in The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics under the title “Incentive Schemes in Peer-to-Peer Networks” 2009

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