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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars


Mihai Manea (Stonybrook)

Thursday 12 November 2020 15:30 - 17:00

This event will take place online.

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Unless otherwise specified, current restrictions mean in-person seminars are only open to members of the LSE community (those with a valid LSE ID card).

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom.

About this event

We study the welfare consequences of allowing the mechanism designer to withhold or damage resources in the optimal mechanism for bilateral trade with independent private values. We show that withholding monetary transfers or withholding the good from both traders is never optimal. Similarly, damaging the good for the buyer cannot improve welfare. By contrast, damaging the good for the seller may improve welfare in the optimal mechanism. However, such welfare improvements are feasible only if the damage hurts seller types with lower initial valuations more severely.

Economic Theory Seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 15:30-17:00, ONLINE or ONLINE AND IN PERSON at the same time.

Seminar organisers: Dr Andrew Ellis and Dr Francesco Nava.

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This event will take place online.