Title

Overcoming Participation Constraints

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

5-1-2005

CFDP Number

1511

CFDP Pages

26

Abstract

In incomplete information environments with transferable utility, efficient outcomes are generally implementable unless interim or ex post participation constraints are imposed on the problem. In this paper we show that linking a sufficiently large number of independent but possibly unrelated social decisions, a slightly perturbed Groves mechanism can implement an efficient outcome with probability arbitrarily close to one, while respecting all participation, incentive and balanced budget constraints.

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