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The private value single item bisection auction

  • Elena Grigorieva


  • P. Herings


  • Rudolf Müller


  • Dries Vermeulen


In this paper we present a new iterative auction, the bisection auction, that can be used for the sale of a single indivisable object. We will show that the bisection auction is computationally more efficient than the classical English auction while it still preserves all characteristics the English auction shares with the Vickrey auction there exists an equilibrium in weakly dominant strategies in wich everyone truthfully reveals his information, the object is allocated in accordance with efficiency requirements to the buyer who has the highest valuation, and the price paid by the winner of the object equals the second-highest valuation.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 107-118

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:30:y:2007:i:1:p:107-118
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  1. Engelbrecht-Wiggans, Richard & Kahn, Charles M., 1991. "Protecting the winner : Second-price versus oral auctions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 243-248, March.
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