Fair cake-cutting in practice

Maria Kyropoulou, Josué Ortega, Erel Segal-Halevi

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Abstract

Using a lab experiment, we investigate the real-life performance of envy-free and proportional cake-cutting procedures with respect to fairness and preference manipulation. We find that envy-free procedures, in particular Selfridge-Conway, are fairer and also are perceived as fairer than their proportional counterparts, despite the fact that agents very often manipulate them. Our results support the practical use of the celebrated Selfridge-Conway procedure, and more generally, of envy-free cake-cutting mechanisms. We also find that subjects learn their opponents' preferences after repeated interaction and use this knowledge to improve their allocated share of the cake. Learning reduces truth-telling behavior, but also reduces envy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFair Cake-Cutting in Practice
PublisherProceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation
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Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2019

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    Kyropoulou, M., Ortega, J., & Segal-Halevi, E. (2019). Fair cake-cutting in practice. In Fair Cake-Cutting in Practice Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation. https://doi.org/10.1145/3328526.3329592