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Fixed Revenue Auctions: Theory And Behavior




"In this paper, we study auctions in which the revenue is fixed but the quantity is determined by the auction mechanism. Specifically, we investigate the theory and behavior of English quantity clock, Dutch quantity clock, last-quantity sealed bid, and penultimate-quantity sealed bid auctions. For theoretically equivalent fixed quantity and fixed revenue auctions, we find that fixed revenue auctions are robust to all the previously observed empirical regularities in fixed quantity auctions". ("JEL "C9, D4, L2) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Cary A. Deck & Bart J. Wilson, 2008. "Fixed Revenue Auctions: Theory And Behavior," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(3), pages 342-354, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:46:y:2008:i:3:p:342-354

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    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior


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