Mechanism Design and Markets

mechanism design increases our appreciation of markets, if only by
showing how difficult it is to produce good outcomes while respecting
the constraints that markets must satisfy. In a sense, mechanism design
is to markets what genetic algorithms are to life. Theorists may one
day design a better market mechanism or a better genetic code but for
now the gains will come from using our deeper understanding to gently
improve something that’s already pretty marvelous.

That’s me writing at Reason.


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