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An ascending multi-item auction with financially constrained bidders

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  • Gerard van der Laan

    () (VU University, The Netherlands)

  • Zaifu Yang

    () (University of York, United Kingdom)

Abstract

Several heterogeneous items are to be sold to a group of potentially budget- constrained bidders. Every bidder has private knowledge of his own valuation of the items and his own budget. Due to budget constraints, bidders may not be able to pay up to their values and typically no Walrasian equilibrium exists. To deal with such markets, we propose the notion of 'equilibrium under allotment' and develop an ascending auction mechanism that always finds such an equilibrium assignment and a corresponding system of prices in finite time. The auction can be viewed as a novel generalization of the ascending auction of Demange et al. (1986) from settings without financial constraints to settings with financial constraints. We examine various strategic and efficiency properties of the auction and its outcome.

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  • Gerard van der Laan & Zaifu Yang, 2016. "An ascending multi-item auction with financially constrained bidders," The Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design, Society for the Promotion of Mechanism and Institution Design, University of York, vol. 1(1), pages 109-149, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:jmi:articl:jmi-v1i1a4
    DOI: 10.22574/jmid.2016.12.004
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    1. T. Andersson & C. Andersson & A. Talman, 2013. "Sets in excess demand in simple ascending auctions with unit-demand bidders," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 211(1), pages 27-36, December.
    2. Andersson, Tommy & Yang, Zaifu & Zhang, Dongmo, 2015. "How to efficiently allocate houses under price controls?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 130(C), pages 97-99.
    3. repec:jmi:articl:jmi-v1i1a4 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Herings, P. Jean-Jacques & Zhou, Yu, 2019. "Competitive Equilibria in Matching Models with Financial Constraints," Research Memorandum 007, Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE).
    5. Gerard van der Laan & Zaifu Yang, 2016. "An ascending multi-item auction with financially constrained bidders," The Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design, Society for the Promotion of Mechanism and Institution Design, University of York, vol. 1(1), pages 109-149, December.
    6. Gerard van der Laan & Dolf Talman & Zaifu Yang, 2018. "Equilibrium in the Assignment Market under Budget Constraints," Discussion Papers 18/17, Department of Economics, University of York.
    7. van der Laan, G. & Talman, Dolf & Yang, Z., 2018. "Equilibrium in the Assignment Market under Budget Constraints," Discussion Paper 2018-046, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    Ascending auction; budget constraint; equilibrium under allotment.;

    JEL classification:

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

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