Efficient Search by Committee

11 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2011

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Dirk Bergemann

Yale University - Cowles Foundation - Department of Economics; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Juuso Valimaki

Helsinki School of Economics; University of Southampton - Division of Economics

Date Written: January 28, 2011


This note constructs an efficient mechanism for finding the best candidate for a committee from a sequence of potential candidates. Committee members have independent private values information about the quality of the candidate. The mechanism selects the best candidate according to the standard utilitarian welfare criterion. Furthermore, the mechanism can be modified to have a balanced budget.

Keywords: Search, Committtees, Voting, Mechanism design, Dynamic pivot mechanism

JEL Classification: C72, D43, D82, D83, H41

Suggested Citation

Bergemann, Dirk and Valimaki, Juuso, Efficient Search by Committee (January 28, 2011). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1782. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1750348 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1750348

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