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Multiple-Object Auctions with Budget Constrained Bidders

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  • Jean-Pierre Benoit

    (New York University)

  • Vijay Krishna

    (Penn State University)

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A seller with two objects faces a group of bidders who are subject to budget constraints. The objects have common values to all bidders, but need not be identical and may be either complements or substitutes. In a simple complete information setting we show: (1) if the objects are sold by means of a sequence of open ascending auctions, then it is always optimal to sell the more valuable object first; (2) the sequential auction yields more revenue than the simultaneous ascending auction used recently by the FCC if the discrepancy in the values is large, or if there are significant complementarities; (3) a hybrid simultaneous- sequential form is revenue superior to the sequential auction; and (4) budget constraints arise endogenously.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Game Theory and Information with number 9805001.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 1998
Date of revision: 26 Jul 1999
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:9805001

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