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Payoff equivalence in sealed bid auctions and the dual theory of choice under risk

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  • Volij, Oscar

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This paper considers single item auctions in the private values framework, with buyers whose preferences satisfy the axioms of Yaari's (1987) dual theory of choice under risk. It is shown that when their valuations are independently distributed, risk averse buyers are indifferent among all the auctions contained in a large family of mechanisms that includes the standard auctions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 76 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 231-237

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:76:y:2002:i:2:p:231-237

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Cited by:
  1. Andreas Pape & Subir Bose & Emre Ozdenoren, 2004. "Optimal auctions with ambiguity," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 609, Econometric Society.
  2. Subir Bose & Arup Daripa, 2007. "A Dynamic Mechanism and Surplus Extraction Under Ambiguity," Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance 0716, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
  3. Volij, Oscar & Winter, Eyal, 2002. "On Risk Aversion and Bargaining Outcomes," Staff General Research Papers 10130, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  4. Levin, Dan & Ozdenoren, Emre, 2004. "Auctions with uncertain numbers of bidders," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 118(2), pages 229-251, October.

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