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Low and High Types of Bidders in Asymmetric Auctions with A General Utility Function


  • Yizhaq Minchuk

    () (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, Israel)


We study asymmetric first-price auctions with n bidders. We expand the results of Fibich et al. (2002) for asymmetric first-price auctions to a general utility function. We show that for low type bidders, the equality of equilibrium bids with symmetric, uniform distribution bids holds for the general case of a utility function. For high types of bidders, those with weaker distributions bid more aggressively than stronger bidders under mild assumptions of a utility function.

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  • Yizhaq Minchuk, 2013. "Low and High Types of Bidders in Asymmetric Auctions with A General Utility Function," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(2), pages 1328-1332.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00072

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    1. Yizhaq Minchuk, 2014. "Aggressive Bidding of Weak Bidders in All-Pay Auction," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(3), pages 1665-1668.

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    asymmetry; first-price auction.;

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    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design


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