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Complexity and bidder behavior in iterative auctions

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  • Katerina Sherstyuk

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    (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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We extend the finite automata approach to evaluate complexity of strategies in iterative adjustment processes such as auctions. Intuitively, a strategy's complexity is equal to the number of different contingencies in which qualitatively different behaviors are prescribed. Complexity may explain bidder choice of strategies in multi-unit iterative auctions.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 31 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 2769-2776

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00040

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Keywords: ascending auctions; complexity; finite automata; experimental evidence;

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