Non-cooperative solutions for claims problems

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Murat Atlamaz, Caroline Berden, Hans Peters and Dries Vermeulen
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Maastricht University
In a claims problem an estate has to be divided among several claimants whose total claim exceeds the size of the estate. This paper extends the noncooperative approach, initiated by O'Neill (1982), by allowing players to put multiple claims on the same part of the estate, and by considering the case where individual claims may exceed the estate. A full characte- rization of the set of Nash equilibria is obtained both for restricted claims problems, where individual claims do not exceed the estate, and for the general case. Variations on the claim game are considered, which result in proportional division in equilibrium.
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