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  • Maarten Janssen

    (University of Vienna, and Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Vladimir A. Karamychev
  • Emiel Maasland

    (Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Abstract

There is by now a large literature arguing that auctions with a variety of after-market interactions may not yield an efficient allocation of the objects for sale, especially when the bidders impose strong negative externalities upon each other. This paper argues that these inefficiencies can be avoided by asking bidders prior to the auction to submit any public payment they would like to make. These payments, so-called flexible entry fees, do not affect the allocation decision of the auctioneer. We show that auctions with flexible entry fees have a fully revealing equilibrium where bidders signal their type before the auction itself takes place.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 09-109/1.

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Date of creation: 30 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20090109

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Keywords: auctions; efficiency; entry fee; negative externality; revenue;

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  1. Janssen, Maarten C.W. & Karamychev, Vladimir A. & Maasland, Emiel, 2011. "Auctions with flexible entry fees: A note," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 594-601, June.

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