DP15377 Arrovian Efficiency and Auditability in the Allocation of Discrete Resources
|Author(s):||Marek Pycia, M. Utku Ünver|
|Publication Date:||October 2020|
|Programme Areas:||Industrial Organization|
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In environments where heterogeneous indivisible resources are being allocated without monetary transfers and each agent has a unit demand, we show that an allocation mechanism is individually strategy-proof and Arrovian efficient, i.e., it always selects the best outcome with respect to some Arrovian social welfare function if, and only if, the mechanism is group strategy-proof and Pareto efficient. Re-interpreting Arrow's Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives in terms of auditability of the mechanism, we further show that these are precisely the mechanisms that are strategy-proof, Pareto efficient, and auditable.