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Auctioning Many Divisible Goods

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We study the theory and practical implementation of auctioning many divisible goods. With multiple related goods, price discovery is important not only to reduce the winner’s curse, but more importantly, to simplify the bidder’s decision problem and to facilitate the revelation of preferences in the bids. Simultaneous clock auctions are especially desirable formats for auctioning many divisible goods. We examine the properties of these auctions and discuss important practical considerations in applying them.

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Paper provided by University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton in its series Papers of Peter Cramton with number 04jeea.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 2004
Date of revision: 2004
Publication status: Published in Journal of the European Economic Association, 2, 480-493, April-May 2004.
Handle: RePEc:pcc:pccumd:04jeea

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Keywords: Auctions; Electricity Auctions; Market Design; Clock Auctions;

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  1. Peter Cramton & Jesse Schwartz, 2002. "Collusive Bidding in the FCC Spectrum Auctions," Papers of Peter Cramton 02collude, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised 04 Dec 2002.
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