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Collusion and the Choice of Auction

  • Marc S. Robinson
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    Auctions are used in many different markets, including the leasing of a substantial fraction of the natural resources in the United States. The procedures used in the auctions conducted by the federal government have been a continuing source of controversy. One of the concerns has been the possibility of collusion among bidders. This article shows that cartels are stable if the seller uses open ascending-bid (oral) auctions, but not if he uses sealed high-bid auctions. This may help to explain the frequent use of sealed high-bid auctions.

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    Article provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal RAND Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 16 (1985)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
    Pages: 141-145

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