Encyclopedia of Systems and Control

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| Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad

Mechanism Design

  • Ramesh Johari
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5102-9_38-1


Mechanism design is concerned with the design of strategic environments to achieve desired outcomes at equilibria of the resulting game. We briefly overview central ideas in mechanism design. We survey both objectives the mechanism designer may seek to achieve, as well as equilibrium concepts the designer may use to model agents. We conclude by discussing a seminal example of mechanism design at work: the Vickrey-Clarke-Groves (VCG) mechanisms.


Mechanism design Incentive compatibility Game theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA