Rohan Dutta

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Models of insurance with adverse selection predict that only the best risks— those least likely to suffer a loss—are uninsured, a prediction at odds with coverage denials for pre-existing conditions. They also typically assume that insurance provision is costless: the only cost is claims payment. We introduce costly insurance provision into a standard(More)
A simple two stage bilateral bargaining game is analyzed. The players simultaneously demand shares of a unit size pie in the first stage. If the demands add up to more than one, both players, in the second stage, simultaneously choose whether to stick to their demand or accept the other’s offer. While both parties sticking to their offers leads to an(More)
We study collusion within groups in non-cooperative games. The primitives are the preferences of the players, their assignment to non-overlapping groups and the goals of the groups. Our notion of collusion is that a group coordinates the play of its members among di erent incentive compatible plans to best achieve its goals. Unfortunately, equilibria that(More)
Motivated by the basic adage that man does not live by bread alone, we offer a theory of historical economic growth and population dynamics where human beings need food to survive, but enjoy other things, too. Our model imposes a Malthusian constraint on food, but introduces a second good to the analysis that affects living standards without affecting(More)
We introduce a learning framework in which a principal seeks to determine the ability of a strategic agent. The principal assigns a test consisting of a finite sequence of tasks. The test is adaptive: each task that is assigned can depend on the agent’s past performance. The probability of success on a task is jointly determined by the agent’s privately(More)
Acknowledgements This dissertation is the result of five fortunate years of learning from and engaging with people with very distinct opinions, rationales and knowledge. To my primary advisor, David Levine, I owe a debt that keeps increasing as I continue to discover the ways in which he has influenced my understanding of Economics. I owe him the most for(More)
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