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The war of attrition and the revelation of valuable information

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  • Kotowski, Maciej H.
  • Li, Fei

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We provide a simple example demonstrating that the unconditional revelation information in a war of attrition with private budget constraints can decrease expected revenue. Our example suggests that information non-revelation can counteract the adverse revenue impact of budget constraints and almost counterbalance their otherwise negative impact.

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  • Kotowski, Maciej H. & Li, Fei, 2014. "The war of attrition and the revelation of valuable information," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 420-423.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:124:y:2014:i:3:p:420-423
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.06.034
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    Keywords

    War of attrition; Budget constraints; Linkage principle; Auctions; Information disclosure; Contests;

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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