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The Herodotus paradox

  • Baye, Michael R.
  • Kovenock, Dan
  • de Vries, Casper G.

The Babylonian bridal auction, described by Herodotus, is regarded as one of the earliest uses of an auction in history. Yet, to our knowledge, the literature lacks a formal equilibrium analysis of this auction. We provide such an analysis for the two-player case with complete and incomplete information, and in so doing identify what we call the “Herodotus paradox.”

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 74 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 399-406

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:74:y:2012:i:1:p:399-406
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