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Bidding Behavior in Multi-Unit Auctions - An Experimental Investigation

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  • Dirk Engelmann
  • Veronika Grimm

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We present laboratory experiments of five different multi-unit auction mechanisms. Two units of a homogeneous object were auctioned off among two bidders with flat demand for two units. We test whether expected demand reduction occurs in open and sealed-bid uniform-price auctions. Revenue equivalence is tested for these auctions as well as for the Ausubel, the Vickrey and the discriminatory sealed-bid auction. Furthermore, we compare the five mechanisms with respect to the efficient allocation of the units.

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Paper provided by University of Cologne, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 24.

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Date of creation: 28 Feb 2006
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Keywords: Multi-Unit Auctions; Demand Reduction; Experimental Economics;

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