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A comparison of Candle Auctions and Hard Close Auctions with Common Values

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  • Sascha Füllbrunn

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

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With this study, we contribute to the literature of auction design by presenting a new auction format: the Candle auction, a popular auction in the Middle Ages. Considering a common value framework, we theoretically and experimentally point out that the Candle auction, where bidding is allowed until a stochastic deadline, yields a better outcome to the seller than the Hard Close auction, the popular eBay online auction format.

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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 09019.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mag:wpaper:09019

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Keywords: online auctions; market design; experimental economics; common value;

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