Terminal Ranking Games
Forthcoming, Mathematics of Operations Research
22 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019 Last revised: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 23, 2019
We analyze a mean field tournament: a mean field game in which the agents receive rewards according to the ranking of the terminal value of their projects and are subject to cost of effort. Using Schrodinger bridges we are able to explicitly calculate the equilibrium. This allows us to identify the reward functions which would yield a desired equilibrium and solve several related mechanism design problems. We are also able to identify the effect of reward inequality on the players' welfare as well as calculate the price of anarchy.
Keywords: tournaments, rank-based rewards, mechanism design, mean field games, price of anarchy, Schrodinger bridges, Lorenz order
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