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Scale Economies and the Dynamics of Recurring Auctions

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  • Thomas D. Jeitschko

    () (Department of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.)

  • Elmar Wolfstetter

    () (Institut f. Wirtschaftstheorie I, Humboldt-Universit”t zu Berlin, Spandauer Str. 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany.)

Abstract

We analyze the dynamics of a game of sequential bidding in the presence of stochastic scale effects, either economies or diseconomies of scale. We show that economies of scale give rise to declining expected equilibrium prices, whereas the converse is not generally true. Moreover, first- and second-price auctions are not always revenue equivalent. Economies of scale make second-price auctions more profitable for the seller, whereas revenue equivalence may be preserved in the case of diseconomies. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

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  • Thomas D. Jeitschko & Elmar Wolfstetter, 2002. "Scale Economies and the Dynamics of Recurring Auctions," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 40(3), pages 403-414, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:40:y:2002:i:3:p:403-414
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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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