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Core-selecting package auctions: a comment on revenue-monotonicity

  • Laurent Lamy


Day and Milgrom (Int J Game Theory 36:393-407, 2008) argue that package auctions that select the seller's minimum revenue in the Core are revenue-monotone. We show that no bidder-optimal Core-selecting auction can satisfy revenue-monotonicity for general preferences when there are at least three goods for sale, while the property holds for any bidder-optimal Core-selecting auction in environments with only two goods or if the characteristic function is submodular.

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Article provided by Springer & Game Theory Society in its journal International Journal of Game Theory.

Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 503-510

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jogath:v:39:y:2010:i:3:p:503-510
DOI: 10.1007/s00182-009-0188-z
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