Auctions with options to re-auction
AbstractWe examine the role of seller bidding and reserve prices in an infinitely repeated independent-private-value (IPV) ascending-price auction.The seller has a single object that she values at zero.At the end of any auction round, she may either sell to the highest bidder or pass-in the object and hold a new auction next period.New bidders are drawn randomly in each round.The ability to re-auction motivates a notion of reserve price as the option value of retaining the object for re-auctioning.Even in the absence of a mechanism with which to commit to a reserve price, the optimal secret reserve is shown to exceed zero. However, despite the infinite repetition, there may be significant value to the seller from a binding reserve price commitment: the optimal binding reserve is higher than the optimal "secret" reserve, and may be substantially so, even with very patient players.Furthermore, reserve price commitments may even be socially preferable at high discount factors.We also show that the optimal phantom bidding strategy for the seller is revenue-equivalent to a commitment to an optimal public reserve price.
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- Grant, S. & Kajii, A. & Menezes, F. & Ryan, M., 2002. "Auctions with Options to Re-auction," Discussion Paper 2002-55, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
- Grant, Simon & Kajii, Atsushi & Menezes, Flavio & Ryan, Matthew, 2003. "Auctions with Options to Re-auction," Working Papers 2003-15, Rice University, Department of Economics.
- D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Auctions
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
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