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Bidding for Clubs

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  • Benoit Julien

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    (UNSW, Australia)

  • John Kennes

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University)

  • Moritz Ritter

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    (Temple University, USA)

Abstract

This paper studies the mechanism by which club memberships, activities, and rules are chosen in a decentralized economy. For this purpose, we develop a model of competing auctions for club goods. This is a dynamic game where each seller first chooses an auction format; next, each buyer chooses a seller; and, finally, each buyer bids for membership. If sellers are restricted to simple auctions without reserve prices, then the decentralized equilibrium is generally inefficient across a multitude of important margins. However, if the sellers can compete by a broader class of auctions - and where the anonymity of buyer strategies implies coordination frictions - the sellers generally choose negative reserve prices and the equilibrium is constrained efficient. The advertisement of a negative reserve price is equivalent to the advertisement of an amenity that augments the value of the club good. The function of this amenity is to ensure a critical mass of bidders at the seller’s location. For example, if a firm is attempting to assemble a team to utilize a club good at its location, it will also choose to advertise commitment to an additional amenity, such as a set of free health club memberships, as a means to attract a critical mass of applicants.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2013-19.

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Length: 29
Date of creation: 18 Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2013-19

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Keywords: clubs; coordination frictions; Mortensen tax; Hosios rule; competing auctions;

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  1. John Kennes & Daniel le Maire, 2013. "Competing Auctions of Skills," CAM Working Papers 2014_01, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics.

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