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Asymmetry and revenue in first-price auctions

  • Cheng, Harrison
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    We show by an example that in first-price IPV auctions, asymmetry in bidders' valuations need not reduce the revenue compared to a benchmark symmetric model with the same amount of social surplus. Asymmetry need not reduce competition in first-price auctions.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 78-80

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:1:p:78-80
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