Theoretical Economics, Volume 18, Number 2 ( 2023)

Theoretical Economics 18 (2023), 463–479

The limits of ex post implementation without transfers

Tangren Feng, Axel Niemeyer, Qinggong Wu


We study ex post implementation in collective decision problems where monetary transfers cannot be used. We find that deterministic ex post implementation is impossible if the underlying environment is neither almost an environment with private values nor almost one with common values. Thus, desirable properties of ex post implementation such as informational robustness become difficult to achieve when preference interdependence and preference heterogeneity are both present in the environment.

Keywords: Ex post implementation, interdependent values, non-transferable utility, mechanism design, collective decision-making, informational robustness

JEL classification: D82, D71

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