Probabilistic resource pooling games

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We study a setting with a single type of resource and with several players, each associated with a single resource (of this type). Unavailability of these resources comes unexpectedly and with player-specific costs. Players can cooperate by reallocating the available resources to the ones that need the resources most and let those who suffer the least absorb all the costs. We address the cost savings allocation problem with concepts of cooperative game theory. In particular, we formulate a probabilistic resource pooling game and study them on various properties. We show that these games are not necessarily convex, do have non-empty cores, and are totally balanced. The latter two are shown via an interesting relationship with Böhm-Bawerk horse market games. Next, we present an intuitive class of allocation rules for which the resulting allocations are core members and study an allocation rule within this class of allocation rules with an appealing fairness property. Finally, we show that our results can be applied to a spare parts pooling situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-546
Number of pages16
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Böhm-Bawerk horse market games
  • allocation rules
  • cooperative game
  • resource pooling
  • spare parts application


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