A family of ordinal solutions to bargaining problems with many players

Dov Samet*, Zvi Safra

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A solution to bargaining problems is ordinal when it is covariant with respect to order-preserving transformations of utility. Shapley has constructed an ordinal, symmetric, efficient solution to three-player problems. Here, we extend Shapley's solution in two directions. First, we extend it to more than three players. Second, we show that this extension lends itself to the construction of a continuum of ordinal, symmetric, efficient solutions. The construction makes use of ordinal path-valued solutions that were suggested and studied by O'Neil et al. [Games Econ. Behav. 48 (2004) 139-153].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-106
Number of pages18
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Bargaining problems
  • Bargaining solutions
  • Ordinal utility


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