A Unified Framework for Implementation, the Revelation Principle, and Optimal Approximation

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A Unified Framework for Implementation, the Revelation Principle, and Optimal Approximation

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1993-01

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Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota

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This paper attempts to provide a unified framework for implementation to capture both private information (hidden type) and private action (hidden action) aspects. (We generalize the Mount-Reiter triangle to a "square".) In addition, it takes a different approach to study mechanism design. Given a goal, rather than dealing with full and/or weakly implementation, we search an optimal mechanism in the sense that it best approximates the given goal among all the conceivable mechanisms. We extend privacy-preserving and the revelation principle to this more general setting. Based on the discussion of the properties of the space of incentive compatible mechanisms, the existence of an optimal incentive compatible mechanism is investigated. Stochastic mechanisms are also examined.

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Li, S., (1993), "A Unified Framework for Implementation, the Revelation Principle, and Optimal Approximation", Discussion Paper No. 266, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota.

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Li, Shuhe. (1993). A Unified Framework for Implementation, the Revelation Principle, and Optimal Approximation. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/55566.

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