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Frictions in internet auctions with many traders: A counterexample

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  • Donna, Javier
  • Schenone, Pablo
  • Veramendi, Gregory

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We show that when frictions are present, the Peters and Severinov (2006) (PS) bidding rule is no longer efficient nor a PBE of the PS game. Researchers should be cautious when using the PS bidding rule in markets with frictions like eBay.

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  • Donna, Javier & Schenone, Pablo & Veramendi, Gregory, 2016. "Frictions in internet auctions with many traders: A counterexample," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 138(C), pages 81-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:138:y:2016:i:c:p:81-84
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.11.033
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    Keywords

    Auctions; Internet; Frictions; Networks;
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    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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