Robust Mechanism Design: An Analogy-Based Expectation Equilibrium Perspective

  • Philippe JehielEmail author
Part of the Studies in Economic Design book series (DESI)


In this short essay, I revisit the idea of robust mechanism design explicitly taking into account that it may be hard to access the beliefs held by agents in previous plays of the mechanism. I propose modelling such an environment using the apparatus of the analogy-based expectation equilibrium with payoff-relevant analogy partitions. Such an approach allows to move away from impossibility results that arise with ex post implementation.



I thank Jean-François Laslier for useful comments and the ERC (grant no 742816) for funding.


  1. Bergemann, D., & Morris, S. (2005). Robust mechanism design. Econometrica, 73(6), 1771–1813.Google Scholar
  2. Crémer, J., & McLean, R. (1988). Full extraction of the surplus in bayesian and dominant strategy auctions. Econometrica, 56, 1247–1257.Google Scholar
  3. Jehiel, P. (2005). Analogy-based expectation equilibrium. Journal of Economic Theory, 123, 81–104.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Jehiel, P., & Koessler, F. (2008). Revisiting games of incomplete information with analogy based expectations. Games and Economic Behavior, 62, 533–557.Google Scholar
  5. Jehiel, P., Meyer-ter-Vehn, M., & Moldovanu, B. (2012). Locally robust implementation and its limits. Journal of Economic Theory, 147, 2439–2452.Google Scholar
  6. Jehiel, P., Meyer-ter-Vehn, M., Moldovanu, B., & Zame, W. R. (2006). The limits of ex-post implementation. Econometrica, 74, 585–610.Google Scholar
  7. Li, S. (2017). Obviously strategy-proof mechanisms. American Economic Review (Forthcoming).Google Scholar
  8. Wilson, R. (1987). Game-theoretic analyses of trading processes. In T. Bewley (Ed.), Advances in economic theory: Fifth world congress (Chap. 2, pp. 33–70). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Zhang, L., & Levin, D. (2017). Partition obvious preference and mechanism design: Theory and experiment (Working Paper).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paris School of Economics (Ecole des Ponts, ParisTech) and University College LondonParisFrance

Personalised recommendations