Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 685–703 | Cite as

The consensus value: a new solution concept for cooperative games

  • Yuan Ju
  • Peter Borm
  • Pieter Ruys
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Original Paper


To generalize the standard solution for 2-person TU games into n-person cases, this paper introduces a recursive two-sided negotiation process to establish cooperation between all players. This leads to a new solution concept for cooperative games: the consensus value. An explicit comparison with the Shapley value is provided, also at the axiomatic level. Moreover, a class of possible generalizations of the consensus value is introduced and axiomatized with the Shapley value at one end and the equal surplus solution at the other. Finally, we discuss a non-cooperative mechanism which implements the consensus value.


Cooperative Game Solution Concept Subgame Perfect Equilibrium Unanimity Game Dummy Player 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economic and Management StudiesKeele UniversityKeeleUK
  2. 2.CentER and Department of Econometrics and Operations ResearchTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.TILEC, Department of Econometrics and Operations Research, and Tias Business SchoolTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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