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Multiple equilibria in asymmetric first-price auctions

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  • Kaplan, Todd R
  • Zamir, Shmuel

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Maskin and Riley (2003) and Lebrun (2006) prove that the Bayes-Nash equilibrium of �rst-price auctions is unique. This uniqueness requires the assumption that a buyer never bids above his value. We demonstrate that, in asymmetric �rst-price auctions (with or without a minimum bid), the relaxation of this assumption results in additional equilibria that are "substantial." Although in each of these additional equilibria no buyer wins with a bids above his value, the allocation of the object and the selling price may vary among the equilibria. Furthermore, we show that such phenomena can only occur under asymmetry in the distributions of values.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34937.

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Keywords: Asymmetric auctions; �first-price auctions; multiple equilibria;

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