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A note on the Exclusion Principle

  • Bertoletti, Paolo

The Exclusion Principle [Baye, M.R., Kovenock, D., de Vries, C.G., 1993. Rigging the lobbying process: an application of the all-pay auction. American Economic Review 83, 289-294] asserts that, in an all-pay auction with fully informed participants, it might be profitable for the seller to exclude those bidders whose valuations are the largest. Menicucci [Menicucci, D., 2006. Banning bidders from all-pay auctions. Economic Theory 29, 89-94] shows that banning (ex ante symmetric) bidders can raise expected revenue also in a setting in which the seller regards valuations as identically and independently distributed. We prove that the latter occurrence cannot arise if valuations are distributed according to a monotonic hazard rate.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2008)
Issue (Month): 11 (December)
Pages: 1215-1218

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