Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Discussion Papers of Business and Economics,
University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics

No 10/2012: The curse of the first-in-first-out queue discipline

Trine Tornøe Platz () and Lars Peter Østerdal ()
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Trine Tornøe Platz: Department of Business and Economics, Postal: University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
Lars Peter Østerdal: Department of Business and Economics, Postal: University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

Abstract: We consider a congested facility where agents can line up at any time they wish after the facility opens (like airplane boarding, or drivers leaving stadium parking lots after a sports event). We show that in Nash equilibrium, within the general family of stochastic queue disciplines with no capacity waste, the focal first-in-first-out (FIFO) queue discipline is the worst while the last-in-first-out (LIFO) discipline is best.

Keywords: Bottleneck; queue discipline; Nash equilibrium; FIFO; LIFO; welfare

JEL-codes: C72; D62; R41

14 pages, May 23, 2012

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