Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 467–502 | Cite as

Coalition Formation and Stability

  • Antonio Magaña
  • Francesc Carreras


This paper aims to develop, for any cooperative game, a solution notion that enjoys stability and consists of a coalition structure and an associated payoff vector derived from the Shapley value. To this end, two concepts are combined: those of strong Nash equilibrium and Aumann–Drèze coalitional value. In particular, we are interested in conditions ensuring that the grand coalition is the best preference for all players. Monotonicity, convexity, cohesiveness and other conditions are used to provide several theoretical results that we apply to numerical examples including real-world economic situations.


Game theory TU cooperative game Monotonicity Superadditivity Convexity Cohesiveness Shapley value Coalition structure Aumann–Drèze value Strong Nash equilibrium Stability 

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The authors wish to thank Prof. Gregory Kersten, Editor-in-Chief, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. Research partially supported by Grant MTM2015-66818-P of the Economy and Competitiveness Spanish Ministry and the European Regional Development Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament de MatemàtiquesUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)TerrassaSpain

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