Two Person Bargaining Mechanisms: A Laboratory Experiment

Damien Bol, Jean-François Laslier, Matias Nunez

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We conduct a series of experiments in which two subjects bargain over five options. Following an experimental design closely related to De Clippel et al. (Am Econ Rev 104:3434–3458, 2014), we evaluate the performance of three bargaining mechanisms: (α) one subject shortlists a block of three options before the other chooses one among them, (β) both subjects veto options simultaneously and in a block, and (γ) both subjects veto options simultaneously and gradually one after the other. We document that the non-symmetric shortlisting mechanism (α) is highly efficient, but our data also suggest the existence of a first-mover advantage as subjects become more experienced. The simultaneous mechanism (β) is less efficient than (α) and generates a high level of ex-post inequality. The gradual veto mechanism (γ) is no less efficient than (α), but has the important advantage of shutting down the possibility of any first-mover advantage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1177
Number of pages33
Issue number6
Early online date6 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


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