This book, first published in 2006, examines the incentives at work in a wide range of institutions to see how and how well coordination is achieved by informing and motivating individual decision makers. The book examines the performance of agents hired to carry out specific tasks, from taxi drivers to CEOs. It investigates the performance of institutions, from voting schemes to kidney transplants, to see if they enhance general well being. The book examines a broad range of market transactions, from auctions to labor markets, to the entire economy. The analysis is conducted using specific worked examples, lucid general theory, and illustrations drawn from news stories. Of the seventy different topics and sections, only twelve require a knowledge of calculus. The second edition offers new chapters on auctions, matching and assignment problems, and corporate governance. Boxed examples are used to highlight points of theory and are separated from the main text.
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Author Biography - Donald E. Campbell
Donald E. Campbell is CSX Professor of Economics and Public Policy at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has taught since 1990. He previously served as Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto from 1970 to 1990. He is the author of Resource Allocation Mechanisms (Cambridge University Press, 1987), and Equity, Efficiency and Social Choice (1992). His published research has appeared in leading journals such as Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economics Studies, and the Journal of Mathematical Economics.