The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Mechanism Design Experiments

  • Yan Chen
  • John O. Ledyard
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Mechanism design experiments bridge the gap between a theoretical mechanism and an actual economic process. In the domain of public goods, matching and combinatorial auctions and laboratory experiments identify features of mechanisms that lead to good performance when implemented among boundedly rational agents. These features include dynamic stability and security in public goods mechanisms, transparency in matching mechanisms, package bidding, simultaneity and iteration in combinatorial auctions.


Bounded rationality Combinatorial auction Compensation mechanism Convergence Cooperation Dynamic stability English auction Externalities Matching Mechanism design Mechanism design experiments Misrevelation Public goods Public goods production functions Sealed bid auction Social identity theory Social loafing Subgame perfection Supermodularity Value complementarities 

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