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Optimal mechanisms for an auction mediator

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  • Matros, Alexander
  • Zapechelnyuk, Andriy

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We consider a dynamic auction environment with a long-lived seller and short-lived buyers mediated by a third party. A mediator has incomplete information about traders' values and selects an auction mechanism to maximize her expected revenue. We characterize mediator-optimal mechanisms and show that an optimal mechanism has a simple implementation as a Vickrey auction with a reserve price where the seller pays to the mediator only a fixed percentage from the closing price.

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  • Matros, Alexander & Zapechelnyuk, Andriy, 2011. "Optimal mechanisms for an auction mediator," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 426-431, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:29:y:2011:i:4:p:426-431
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    Optimal mechanism Vickrey auction Mediator;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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