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Charitable asymmetric bidders

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  • Olivier, Bos

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Recent papers show that all-pay auctions are better at raising money for charity than first-price auctions with symmetric bidders and under incomplete information. Yet, this result is lost with sufficiently asymmetric bidders and under complete information. In this paper, we consider a framework on charity auctions with asymmetric bidders under some incomplete information. We find that all-pay auctions still earn more money than first-price auction. Thus, all-pay auctions should be seriously considered when one wants to organize a charity auction.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 31877.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:31877

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Keywords: All-pay auctions; Charity; Externalities;

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  1. Wasser, C├ędric, 2013. "Bilateral k+1-price auctions with asymmetric shares and values," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 350-368.

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