In a Fisher market, a market maker sells m items to n potential buyers. The buyers submit their utility functions and money endowments to the market maker, who, upon receiving submitted information, derives market equilibrium prices and allocations of its items. While agents may benefit by misreporting their private information, we show that the percentage of improvement by a unilateral strategic play, called incentive ratio, is rather limited—it is less than 2 for linear markets and at most e1/e ≈ 1.445 for Cobb-Douglas markets. We further prove that both ratios are tight.
|Title of host publication||Automata, Languages, and Programming|
|Editors||A. Czumaj, K. Melhorn, A. Pitts, R. Wattenhofer|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|