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Dominance or maximin: How to solve an English auction

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  • Ulrich Kamecke

    () (Humboldt-UniversitÄt zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl Wirtschaftspolitik, Spandauer Str. 1, D-10178 Berlin, Germany)

Abstract

It is widely believed that the English auction is solved after the dominated strategies are eliminated. This paper demonstrates that the dominance criterion is not very effective in many English auction models. To bid more than the true willingness to pay is dominated but a stronger solution concept is needed to deduce that the buyers increase the price in small steps up to their valuation. An iterated application of the dominance criterion does not solve the problem, but if it is assumed that the buyers use their maximin strategies the usual argument holds.

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  • Ulrich Kamecke, 1998. "Dominance or maximin: How to solve an English auction," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 27(3), pages 407-426.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jogath:v:27:y:1998:i:3:p:407-426
    Note: Received May 1995/Final version May 1998
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    9. Abbink, Klaus & Irlenbusch, Bernd & Pezanis-Christou, Paul & Rockenbach, Bettina & Sadrieh, Abdolkarim & Selten, Reinhard, 2005. "An experimental test of design alternatives for the British 3G/UMTS auction," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 505-530, February.

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