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Speculation in Standard Auctions with Resale

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  • Rod Garrat
  • Thomas Tröger

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In standard auctions with symmetric, independent private value bidders resale creates a role for a speculator - a bidder who is commonly known to have no use value for the good on sale. For second-price and English auctions the efficient value-bidding equilibrium coexists with a continuum of inefficient equilibria in which the speculator wins the auction and makes positive profits. First-price and Dutch auctions have an essentially unique equilibrium, and whether or not the speculator wins the auction and distorts the final allocation depends on the number of bidders, the value distribution, and the discount factor. Speculators do not make profits in first-price or Dutch auctions.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse10_2005.

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Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse10_2005

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Keywords: standard auctions; speculation; resale; efficiency;

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