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Immediate Demand Reduction in Simultaneous Ascending Bid Auctions (new title: Immediate demand reduction in simultaneous ascending-bid auctions: a uniqueness result)

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  • Frank Riedel
  • Elmar G. Wolfstetter

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The present note analyzes the Simultaneous Ascending Bid Auction with arbitrarily many bidders with decreasing marginal valuations under complete information. We show that the game is solvable by iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies if the efficient allocation assigns at least one unit to every player and if bid increments are sufficiently small. In that unique equilibrium, bidders immediately reduce their demand to the efficient allocation, and the auction ends in the first round of bidding.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1315.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1315

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Keywords: Simultaneous Ascending Auction; weak dominance; multi-unit auctions; game theory;

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  1. Wolfstetter, Elmar G., 2005. "Procurement of Goods and Services – Scope and Government," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 93, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.

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