Information in Mechanism Design

43 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2006

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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

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Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

We survey the recent literature on the role of information in mechanism design. First, we discuss an emerging literature on the role of endogenous payoff and strategic information for the design and the efficiency of the mechanism. We specifically consider information management in the form of acquisition of new information or disclosure of existing information. Second, we argue that in the presence of endogenous information, the robustness of the mechanism to the type space and higher order beliefs becomes a natural desideratum. We discuss recent approaches to robust mechanism design and robust implementation.

Note: A previous version of this abstract can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=788728

Keywords: Mechanism Design, Information Acquisition, Ex Post Equilibrium, Robust Mechanism Design, Interdependent Values, Information Management

JEL Classification: C79, D82

Suggested Citation

Bergemann, Dirk and Valimaki, Juuso, Information in Mechanism Design (January 2006). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1532R. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876970

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