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A two-dimensional problem of revenue maximization

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  • Lev, Omer
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    We consider the problem of finding the mechanism that maximizes the revenue of a seller of multiple objects. This problem turns out to be significantly more complex than the case where there is only a single object (which was solved by Myerson, 1981). The analysis is difficult even in the simplest case studied here, where there are two exclusive objects and a single buyer, with valuations uniformly distributed on triangular domains. We show that the optimal mechanisms are piecewise linear with either 2 or 3 pieces, and obtain explicit formulas for most cases of interest.

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

    Volume (Year): 47 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 718-727

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:47:y:2011:i:6:p:718-727

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    Keywords: Auctions; Multi-dimensional mechanism design; Incentive compatibility; Mechanism design;

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    1. Sergiu Hart & Noam Nisan, 2012. "Approximate Revenue Maximization with Multiple Items," Levine's Working Paper Archive 786969000000000433, David K. Levine.

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