On the nonexistence of a dominant strategy mechanism for making optimal public decisions.

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Abstract

In a broad class of situations not covered by the Gibbard-Satterthwaite Theorem it is shown that one cannot design a strategy-proof choice mechanism which attains Pareto optimal outcomes. The results are shown to be generic in character - ie. any non-manipulable mechanism will attain nonoptimal outcomes virtually everywhere - and they cover, in particular, certain problems of allocating public and private goods. The analysis carried out in transferable utility environments, and makes extensive use of the mechanisms recently introduced by Groves.- Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1521-1540
Number of pages20
JournalEconometrica
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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