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Asymmetric Auctions with Resale


  • Isa Hafalir
  • Vijay Krishna


We study first- and second-price auctions with resale in a model with independent private values. With asymmetric bidders, the resulting ineffi ciencies create a motive for post-auction trade which, in our model, takes place via monopoly pricing—the winner makes a take-it-or-leave-it offer to the loser. We show (a) a first-price auction with resale has a unique monotonic equilibrium; and (b) with resale, the expected revenue from a first-price auction exceeds that from a second-price auction. The inclusion of resale possibilities thus permits a general revenue ranking of the two auctions that is not available when these are excluded. (JEL D44)

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  • Isa Hafalir & Vijay Krishna, 2008. "Asymmetric Auctions with Resale," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 98(1), pages 87-112, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:98:y:2008:i:1:p:87-112 Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.98.1.87

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions


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