In a very large range of fields, a mechanism needs to be defined to enable the interaction of agents. It usually is the responsibility of a person or a group, called the mechanism designer. It is crucial that he chooses the right rules of the game, so that the result of the game is satisfying, even though agents behave strategically. In the seminar, we will give examples of such situations. We will also present tools that can help mechanism designers. Finally, we will focus on a particular kind of objective the mechanism designer may have: guaranteeing equity among agents.
Group for Research in Decision Analysis