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Information, stochastic dominance and bidding: The case of Treasury auctions

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  • Leoni, Patrick
  • Lundtofte, Frederik

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We explore the link between informativeness of signals, stochastic dominance and equilibrium bids in a multi-unit auction with risk averse bidders. We show that for a particular class of signal distributions, informativeness is related to conditional first-order stochastic dominance, so that a higher degree of informativeness in the signal-fundamental distribution induces higher bids and therefore higher revenues. Our framework is relevant for discussing total revenues and informativeness in US Treasury auctions.

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  • Leoni, Patrick & Lundtofte, Frederik, 2017. "Information, stochastic dominance and bidding: The case of Treasury auctions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 80-82.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:153:y:2017:i:c:p:80-82
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2017.02.004
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    Keywords

    Common value auctions; Informativeness; Stochastic dominance;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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