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No-trade in second-price auctions with entry costs and secret reserve prices

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  • Lovo, Stefano
  • Spaenjers, Christophe

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We consider a second-price private-value auction in the presence of an exogenous participation cost and a secret reserve price endogenously set by the seller. We show that, if the entry cost is strictly positive, the only equilibrium outcome is that the seller chooses a reserve price that deters entry and no buyer enters.

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  • Lovo, Stefano & Spaenjers, Christophe, 2017. "No-trade in second-price auctions with entry costs and secret reserve prices," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 156(C), pages 142-144.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:156:y:2017:i:c:p:142-144
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2017.04.022
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    Keywords

    Auctions; Entry; Participation costs; Reserve prices; No-trade equilibria;

    JEL classification:

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

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