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Reduced-Form Allocations for Multiple Indivisible Objects under Constraints: A Revision

Xu Lang and Zaifu Yang

Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: We examine the implementation of reduced-form allocation rules that assign multiple indivisible objects to many agents, with incomplete information and distributional constraints across objects and agents. To obtain implementability results, we adopt a lift-and-project approach, which enables us to and a general condition called total unimodularity, a well-recognized class of matrices with simple entries of -1, 0, or 1. This condition yields several new and general characterization results including those on hierarchies, bihierarchies, and consecutiveness. Our model and results extend and unify many well-known ones considerably, find new applications, and also apply to both ordinal and cardinal preferences.

Keywords: Implementation; Reduced-form rules; Indivisible goods; Distributional constraints; Total unimodularity; Incomplete information. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C65 D44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-08
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