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Sequential vs. Single-Round Uniform-Price Auctions

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  • Claudio Mezzetti

    (University of North Carolina)

  • Aleksandar Pekec

    (The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)

  • Ilia Tsetlin

    (INSEAD)

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We study sequential and single-round uniform-price auctions with affiliated values. We derive symmetric equilibrium for the auction in which k1 objects are sold in the first round and k2 in the second round, with and without revelation of the first-round winning bids. We demonstrate that auctioning objects in sequence generates a lowballing effect that reduces first-round revenue. Thus, revenue is greater in a single-round, uniform auction for k = k1 + k2 objects than in a sequential uniform auction with no bid announcement. When the first-round winning bids are announced, we also identify two informational effects: a positive effect on second-round price and an ambiguous effect on first-round price. The expected first-round price can be greater or smaller than with no bid announcement, and greater or smaller than the expected price in a single-round uniform auction. As a result, total expected revenue in a sequential uniform auction with winning-bids announcement can be greater or smaller than in a single-round uniform auction.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2004.147.

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Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2004.147

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Keywords: Multi-unit auctions; Sequential auctions; Uniform-price auction; Affiliated values; Information revelation;

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Cited by:
  1. Paul Pezanis-Christou, 2013. "Asymmetric Multiple-Object First-Price Auctions," School of Economics Working Papers 2013-07, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  2. Francesco Giovannoni & Miltiadis Makris, 2014. "Reputational Bidding," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 14/641, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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