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  • Angel Hernando-Veciana

    (University College London)

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This paper studies multiunit common value auctions with informed and less informed bidders. We show that bidders with less information can bid very aggressively and do surprisingly well in terms of probability of winning and expected revenue. We also show that the degree of aggressiveness and success of bidders with less information is positively related to the number of units for sale. We explain these phenomena in terms of the balance of the winner's curse and the loser's curse and their differential effect on bidders with different quality of information.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers with number 0791.

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Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:0791

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  1. Wolfgang Pesendorfer & Jeroen M. Swinkels, 1997. "The Loser's Curse and Information Aggregation in Common Value Auctions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 65(6), pages 1247-1282, November.
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  1. Arup Daripa, 2005. "Informational Free Rides in Uniform Price Auctions: Exception or Norm?," Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance 0521, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
  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 & JacobK. Goeree, 2009. "Optimal Privatisation Using Qualifying Auctions," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 119(534), pages 277-297, 01.
  4. Larson, Nathan, 2009. "Private value perturbations and informational advantage in common value auctions," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 430-460, March.

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