Optimal Search, Learning and Implementation

Economics

Speaker:Alex Gershkov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date: Wednesday 19 October 2011
Time: 4.15pm
Location: STC/D

Further details

We characterize the incentive compatible, constrained efficient policy ("second-best") in a dynamic matching environment, where impatient, privately informed agents arrive over time, and where the designer gradually learns about the distribution of agents' values. We also derive conditions on the learning process ensuring that the
complete-information, dynamically efficient allocation of resources ("first-best") is incentive compatible. Our analysis reveals and exploits close, formal relations between the problem of ensuring implementable allocation rules in our dynamic allocation problems with incomplete information and learning, and between the classical problem, posed by Rothschild [21], of finding optimal stopping policies for search that are characterized by a reservation price property.