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Charity Auctions for the Happy Few

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  • Olivier Bos

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Recent literature has shown that all-pay auctions raise more money for charity than winner-pay auctions. We demonstrate that the first-price and second-price winner-pay auctions outperform the first-price and second-price all-pay auction when bidders are sufficiently asymmetric. To prove it, we consider a framework with complete information. Complete information is realistic and corresponds to events that occur, for instance, in a local service club (such as a voluntary organization) or in a show business dinner.

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Paper provided by University of Cologne, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 45.

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Keywords: All-pay auctions; charity; complete information; externalities;

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  1. Fu, Qiang & Lu, Jingfeng, 2013. "Competitive effect of cross-shareholdings in all-pay auctions with complete information," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 267-277.
  2. Jeffrey Carpenter & Jessica Holmes & Peter Hans Matthews, 2007. "Endogenous Participation in Charity Auctions," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0707, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
  3. Gregor, Martin, 2012. "Contest for power in organizations," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(3), pages 280-283.
  4. BOS, Olivier, . "How lotteries outperform auctions," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2321, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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