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Ratifiable Mechanisms: Learning from Disagreement

Cramton, Peter C. and Palfrey, Thomas R. (1995) Ratifiable Mechanisms: Learning from Disagreement. Games and Economic Behavior, 10 (2). pp. 255-283. ISSN 0899-8256. doi:10.1006/game.1995.1032.

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In a mechanism design problem, participation constraints require that all types prefer the proposed mechanism to some status quo. If equilibrium play in the status quo mechanism depends on the players' beliefs, then the inference drawn if someone objects to the proposed mechanism may alter the participation constraints. We investigate this issue by modeling the mechanism design problem as a two-stage process, consisting of a ratification state followed by the actual play of the chosen game. We develop and illustrate a new concept, ratifiability, that takes account of inferences from a veto in a consistent way.

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Additional Information:© 1995 Academic Press. Received March 26, 1991. We thank Jeff Banks, Steve Matthews, Preston McAfee, Joel Sobel, numerous seminar participants, and two referees for valuable comments. We are grateful tot he National Science Foundation for financial support. The first author thanks the Hoover Institution of Stanford University for a most enjoyable year as a National Fellow. Formerly SSWP 731.
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Official Citation:Peter C. Cramton, Thomas R. Palfrey, Ratifiable Mechanisms: Learning from Disagreement, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 10, Issue 2, August 1995, Pages 255-283, ISSN 0899-8256, (
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