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On second-price auctions and imperfect competition

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  • Schmitz, Patrick W.

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Consider two sellers each of whom has one unit of an indivisible good and two buyers each of whom is interested in buying one unit. The sellers simultaneously set reserve prices and use second price auctions as rationing device. An equilibrium in pure strategies where each sellers has a regular customer is characterized. The result is applied in order to demonstrate that not allowing sellers to use second price auctions may enhance total surplus.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Mathematical Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2003)
Issue (Month): 8 (November)
Pages: 901-909

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Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:39:y:2003:i:8:p:901-909

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  2. Schmitz, Patrick W., 2004. "Job protection laws and agency problems under asymmetric information," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(5), pages 1027-1046, October.
  3. Richard Dutu & Benoit Julien & Ian King, 2009. "Liquidity Constrained Competing Auctions," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1068, The University of Melbourne.

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