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Optimal Privatization Using Qualifying Auctions

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  • Boone, J.
  • Goeree, J.K.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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This paper explores the use of auctions for privatizing public assets.In our model, a single "insider" bidder (e.g. incumbent management of a government-owned firm) possesses information about the asset's risky value.In addition, bidders are privately informed about their costs of exploiting the asset.Due to the insider's presence, uninformed bidders face a strong winner's curse in standard auctions with devastating consequences for revenues.We show that the optimal mechanism discriminates against the informationally advantaged bidder to ensure truthful information revelation.The optimal mechanism can be implemented via a simple two-stage "qualifying auction."In the first stage of the qualifying auction, non-binding bids are submitted to determine who enters the second stage, which consists of a standard second-price auction augmented with a reserve price.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2005-72.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200572

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Keywords: privatization; qualifying auction; winner’s curse; information advantage;

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  1. Hai Wang & Weidong Zhang & Jingjing Wang, 2007. "Auctioning the state owned enterprise in China: the trade-off between maximizing revenue and minimizing unemployment," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 267-280, September.
  2. Hernando-Veciana, Ángel, 2009. "Information acquisition in auctions: Sealed bids vs. open bids," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 372-405, March.
  3. Jan Boone & Roy Chen & Jacob Goeree & Angelo Polydoro, 2009. "Risky procurement with an insider bidder," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 417-436, December.
  4. Kagel, John & Pevnitskaya, Svetlana & Ye, Lixin, 2008. "Indicative bidding: An experimental analysis," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 62(2), pages 697-721, March.

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