nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2005‒08‒28
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Information in Mechanism Design By Dirk Bergemann; Juuso Valimaki
  2. Actions and beliefs: estimating distribution-based preferences using a large scale experiment with probability questions on expectations By Bellamare,Charles; Kroeger,Sabine; Soest,Arthur van

  1. By: Dirk Bergemann (Cowles Foundation, Yale University); Juuso Valimaki (Dept. of Economics, Helsinki School of Economics, University of Southampton)
    Abstract: We survey the recent literature on the role of information for mechanism design. We specifically consider the role of endogeneity of and robustness to private information in mechanism design. We view information acquisition of and robustness to private information as two distinct but related aspects of information management important in many design settings. We review the existing literature and point out directions for additional future work.
    Keywords: Mechanism Design, Information Acquisition, Ex Post Equilibrium, Robust Mechanism Design, Interdependent Values, Information Management
    JEL: C79 D82
    Date: 2005–08
  2. By: Bellamare,Charles; Kroeger,Sabine; Soest,Arthur van (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)
    Abstract: We combine the choice data of proposers and responders in the ultimatum game, their expectations elicited in the form of subjective probability questions, and the choice data of proposers ("dictator") in a dictator game to estimate a structural model of decision making under uncertainty. We use a large and representative sample of subjects drawn from the Dutch population. Our results indicate that there is considerable heterogeneity in preferences for equity in the population. Changes in preferences have an important impact on decisions of dictators in the dictator game and responders in the ultimatum game, but a smaller impact on decisions of proposer's in the ultimatum game, a result due to proposers subjective expectations about responders' decisions. The model which uses subjective data on expectations has better predictive power and lower noise level than a model which assumes that players have rational expectations.
    Keywords: ultimatum game;inquity aversion;subjective expectations
    JEL: C93 D63 D84
    Date: 2005

This nep-ict issue is ©2005 by Walter Frisch. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.