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I want to tell you? Maximizing revenue in first-price two-stage auctions

Ashkenazi-Golan, Galit, Tsodikovich, Yevgeny and Viossat, Yannick (2023) I want to tell you? Maximizing revenue in first-price two-stage auctions. Economic Theory, 76 (4). 1329 - 1362. ISSN 0938-2259

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00199-023-01498-w


A common practice in many auctions is to offer bidders an opportunity to improve their bids, known as a best and final offer stage. This improved bid can depend on new information either about the asset or about the competitors. This paper examines the effects of new information regarding competitors, seeking to determine what information the auctioneer should provide assuming the set of allowable bids is discrete. The rational strategy profile that maximizes the revenue of the auctioneer is the one where each bidder makes the highest possible bid that is lower than his valuation of the item. This strategy profile is an equilibrium for a large enough number of bidders, regardless of the information released. We compare the number of bidders needed for this profile to be an equilibrium under different information structures. We find that it becomes an equilibrium with fewer bidders when less additional information is made available to the bidders regarding the competition. It follows that when the number of bidders is a priori unknown, there are some advantages to the auctioneer not revealing information and conducting a one-stage auction instead.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D44 - Auctions
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2023 23:17
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 17:30

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