March 17, 2006
ICD with a twist
In a comment on Felten's blog article about false congestion as an incentive to send less traffic, Jim Horning reminded me of a classic article by Coffman and Kleinrock about incentives in scheduling computer resources:
E.G. Coffman and L. Kleinrock. â€œComputer scheduling methods and their countermeasures.â€? In AFIPS conference proceedings, volume 32, pages 11â€“21, 1968.
Coffman and Kleinrock argue that users will adapt to any scheduling rule implemented. Therefore, they argue, an incentive-compatible designer would decide which new behavior she wants users to adopt, and then implement a scheduling rule that to which that behavior is the best countermeasure. That's a very apt and clever way to express the principle of incentive-centered design!
Posted by jmm at March 17, 2006 01:38 AM