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Preferential treatment in procurement auctions through information revelation

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  • Colucci, Domenico
  • Doni, Nicola
  • Valori, Vincenzo

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We study a model of procurement auctions in which information policies can be used to treat two heterogeneous suppliers asymmetrically. The buyer is shown to be better off revealing information about her preferences to the weak supplier only, when there is a sufficient cost difference between the weak and the strong. Conversely, when the two competitors have similar cost structures, for the buyer it is best to disclose her preferences publicly.

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  • Colucci, Domenico & Doni, Nicola & Valori, Vincenzo, 2012. "Preferential treatment in procurement auctions through information revelation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 883-886.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:883-886
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.07.001
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    Keywords

    Procurement; Information revelation; Discriminatory policy; Asymmetric auctions;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement

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