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Collusion or Sniping in simultaneous ascending Auctions

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  • Sascha Füllbrunn

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    (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)

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In simultaneous ascending price auctions with heterogeneous goods Brusco and Lopomo (2002) derive collusive equilibria where bidders divide objects among themselves, while keeping the prices low. Considering a simultaneous ascending price auction with a fixed deadline, i.e. the Hard Close auction format, a prisoner’s dilemma situation results and collusive equilibria no longer exists, even for only two bidders. Hence, we introduce a further reason for sniping behavior in Hard Close auctions.

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Paper provided by Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management in its series FEMM Working Papers with number 07025.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mag:wpaper:07025

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Keywords: collusion; sniping; multi unit auctions; prisoner’s dilemma;

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