Y2K Bibliography of Experimental Economics and Social Science
Mechanisms and Implementation

updated December 29, 1999
Charles A. Holt, cah2k@virginia.edu, suggestions and corrections welcome
(for online and personal use only)

Attiyeh, Greg, Robert Franciosi, and R. Mark Isaac (2000) “Experiments with the Pivot Process for Providing Public Goods,” Public Choice, 102:1-2 (January), 93-112. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, pivot process. Email Contact: misaac@bpa.arizona.edu

Banks, Jeffrey S., Charles R. Plott, and David P. Porter (1988) “An Experimental Analysis of Unanimity in Public Goods Provision Mechanisms,” Review of Economic Studies, 55:2 (April), 301-322. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms. Email Contact: bnks@hss.caltech.edu

Brewer, Paul J., and Charles R. Plott (1996) “A Binary Conflict Ascending Price (BICAP) Mechanism for the Decentralized Allocation of the Right to Use Railroad Tracks,” International Journal of Industrial Organization, 14857-887. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, railroad track assignment, transportation economics, policy. Email Contact: pjbrewer@ust.hk

Chen, Yan (1998) “Asynchronicity and Learning in Cost Sharing Mechanisms,” University of Michigan, Discussion Paper, presented at the Fall 1998 ESA Meetings. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms, cost-sharing, average cost pricing mechanism, serial pricing mechanism, learning, reinforcement learning. Abstract: This paper reports an a comparison of serial and average-cost pricing mechanisms. Performance is similar under complete information, but the serial mechanism performs better under limited information. Convergence to the Nash equilibrium is faster than predicted by a reinforcement learning model; other learning models are considered. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan (1999) “Incentive-Compatible Mechanisms for Pure Public Goods: A Survey of Experimental Research,” in Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, edited by C. R. Plott and V. L. Smith, New York: Elsevier, forthcoming. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, survey, incentive compatibility. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan (1999) “Dynamic Stability of Nash-Efficient Public Goods Mechanisms: Reconciling Theory and Experiments,” University of Michigan, Discussion Paper, presented at the Summer 1999 ESA Meetings. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms, Nash-efficient mechanisms, dynamic stability. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan, and Charles R. Plott (1996) “The Groves-Ledyard Mechanism: An Experimental Study of Institutional Design,” Journal of Public Economics, 59:3 (March), 335-364. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms, Groves-Ledyard. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan, and Tayfun So**nmez (1999) “Improving the Efficiency of On-Campus Housing: An Experimental Study,” University of Michigan, Discussion Paper. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, allocation mechanisms for housing. Abstract: This paper uses experiments to compare two methods of allocating on-campus housing units, one in which a person may either keep the current unit or enter a priority-based allocation procedure, and an alternative in which everybody is assigned a priority, with the current occupant being reassigned to a higher priority than an individual who requests their unit. The latter mechanism is theoretically superior because it induces full "participation." This method of dealing with "squatters' rights" yields higher efficiency in the experiments reported. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan, and Tayfun So**nmez (1999) “An Experimental Study of House Allocation Mechanisms,” University of Michigan, Discussion Paper, presented at the Summer 1999 ESA Meeting. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, allocation mechanisms for housing. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Chen, Yan, and Fang-Fang Tang (1998) “Learning and Incentive Compatible Mechanisms for Public Goods Provision; An Experimental Study,” Journal of Political Economy, 106:3 (June), 633-662. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms, incentive compatibility, learning. Email Contact: yanchen@umich.edu

Clark, Jeremy (1998) “Altruism and Public Good Mechanisms: Should We Care?,” University of Canterbury, Discussion Paper, presented at the Summer 1998 ESA Meetings. Keywords: experiments, public, voluntary contributions, altruism, numbers effects, provision mechanisms. Abstract: This paper considers the theoretical effects of altruism on the performance of public goods provision mechanisms. Email Contact: j.clark@econ.canterbury.ac.nz

Coursey, Donald L., and Vernon L. Smith (1984) “Experimental Tests of an Allocation Mechanism for Private, Public, or Externality Goods,” Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 86:4 468-484. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms. Email Contact: vls@econlab.arizona.edu

Ferejohn, John A., Robert Forsythe, and Roger G. Noll (1979) “An Experimental Analysis of Decision Making Procedures for Discrete Public Goods: A Case Study in a Problem in Institutional Design,” in Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 1, edited by V. L. Smith, Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1-58. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, discrete public goods. Email Contact: robert_forsythe@uiowa.edu

Ferejohn, John A., Robert Forsythe, Roger G. Noll, and Thomas R. Palfrey (1982) “An Experimental Examination of
Auction Mechanisms for Discrete Public Goods,” in Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 2, edited by V. L. Smith, Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 175-199. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, auctions. Email

Ferejohn, John A., and Roger G. Noll (1976) “An Experimental Market for Public Goods: The PBS Station Program Cooperative,” American Economic Review, 66:2 (May), 267-273. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms.

Forsythe, Robert, and R. Mark Isaac (1982) “Demand-Revealing Mechanisms for Private Good Auctions,” in Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 2, edited by V. L. Smith, Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 45-61*. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, incentive compatibility. Email Contact: robert_forsythe@uiowa.edu

Harstad, Ronald M., and Michael Marrese (1981) “Behavioral Explanations of Efficient Public Good Allocations,” Journal of Public Economics, 19 **367-383. Keywords: experiments, public goods, mechanisms. Email Contact: harstad@rutcor.rutgers.edu

Kurzban, Robert, Kevin A. McCabe, and Vernon L. Smith (1999) “The Role of Information in a Real Time Public Goods Game: Do Players Use a Simple Matching Rule?,” University of Arizona, Discussion Paper, presented at the Summer 1999 ESA Meeting. Keywords: experiments, public, voluntary contributions, real time mechanisms. Email Contact: rkurzban@econlab.arizona.edu

Ledyard, John O. (1995) “Public Goods: A Survey of Experimental Research,” in A Handbook of Experimental Economics, edited by A. Roth and J. Kagel, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 111-194. Keywords: experiments, public, voluntary contributions, survey, mechanisms, altruism, noisy behavior, reciprocity, step-level public goods, gender effects, interior Nash, nonlinear payoffs. Email Contact: jledyard@hss.caltech.edu

Ledyard, John O., David Porter, and Antonio Rangel (1998) “Experiments Testing Multiobject Allocation Mechanisms,” Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 6:3 (Fall), 639-675. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms. Email Contact: jledyard@hss.caltech.edu

Richardson, J., and Howard* Kunreuther (1993) “Experimental Test of a Nash-Efficient Mechanism for Collective Choice with Compensation,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 22:3 (December), 349-369. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms.

Smith, V. K.* (1979) “Indirect Revelation of the Demand for Public Goods: An Overview and Critique,” Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 26:2 (June), 183-189. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms.

Smith, Vernon L. (1978) “Experimental Mechanisms for Public Choice,” in Game Theory and Political Science, edited by P. C. Ordeshook, New York: New York University Press, 323-355. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms. Email Contact: vls@econlab.arizona.edu

Smith, Vernon L. (1979) “Incentive Compatible Experimental Processes for the Provision of Public Goods,” in Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 1, edited by V. L. Smith, Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 59-168. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms, incentive compatitibility. Email Contact: vls@econlab.arizona.edu

Smith, Vernon L. (1979) “An Experimental Comparison of Three Public Good Decision Mechanisms,” Scandinavian
Journal of Economics, 81:2 198-215. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms. Email Contact: vls@econlab.arizona.edu

Smith, Vernon L. (1980) “Experiments with a Decentralized Mechanism for Public Good Decisions,” American Economic Review, 70:4 (September), 584-599. Keywords: experiments, public, mechanisms. Email Contact: vls@econlab.arizona.edu