Strategy-Proof Multi-Object Mechanism Design: Ex-Post Revenue Maximization With Non-Quasilinear Preferences
56 Pages Posted: 15 May 2017 Last revised: 11 Jan 2020
Date Written: January 7, 2020
A seller is selling multiple objects to a set of agents, who can buy at most one object. Each agent's preference over (object, payment) pairs need not be quasilinear. The seller considers the following desiderata for her mechanism, which she terms desirable: (1) strategy-proofness, (2) ex-post individual rationality, (3) equal treatment of equals, (4) no wastage (every object is allocated to some agent). The minimum Walrasian equilibrium price (MWEP) mechanism is desirable. We show that at each preference profile, the MWEP mechanism generates more revenue for the seller than any desirable mechanism satisfying no subsidy. Our result works for the quasilinear domain, where the MWEP mechanism is the VCG mechanism, and for various non-quasilinear domains, some of which incorporate positive income effect of agents. We can relax no subsidy to no bankruptcy in our result for certain domains with positive income effect.
Keywords: Multi-object allocation; strategy-proofness
JEL Classification: D82, D44, D40
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