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Sealed-bid auctions based on Cobb-Douglas utility function

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  • Liu, Shulin
  • Wang, Mingxi

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This paper presents a more general independent private value model based on the assumption that Cobb-Douglas utility function is used to make a tradeoff between the probability of winning the unit and the profit under the first-price and second-price sealed-bid auctions. The equilibrium bidding strategies are given and the seller's expected revenue comparisons are made.

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  • Liu, Shulin & Wang, Mingxi, 2010. "Sealed-bid auctions based on Cobb-Douglas utility function," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(1), pages 1-3, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:1-3
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