Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: Jan, 1986, Volume 54, Issue 1

Realization and Nash Implementation: Two Aspects of Mechanism Design<139:RANITA>2.0.CO;2-7
p. 139-152

Steven R. Williams

This paper relates the issue of efficiency in communication to the problem of designing games that implement a given objective in Nash equilibrium. A message process that "realizes" (or computes) the objective is used to construct a game that implements it in Nash equilibrium. Any efficient encoding of information that occurs in the message process causes a reduction in the size of the strategy space of the game that is constructed. Necessary and (stronger) sufficient conditions on the message process are given for this construction.

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