Constrained Pseudo-market Equilibrium
We propose a pseudo-market solution to resource allocation problems subject to constraints. Our treatment of constraints is general: including bihierarchical constraints due to considerations of diversity in school choice, or scheduling in course allocation; and other forms of constraints needed to model, for example, the market for roommates, and combinatorial assignment problems. Constraints give rise to pecuniary externalities, which are internalized via prices. Agents pay to the extent that their purchases affect the value of relevant constraints at equilibrium prices. The result is a constrained efficient market equilibrium outcome. The outcome is fair whenever the constraints do not single out individual agents. Our result can be extended to economies with endowments, and address participation constraints.
- Pub Date:
- September 2019
- Economics - Theoretical Economics