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Do Not Panic: How to Avoid Inefficient Rushes Using Multi-Stage Auctions

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  • Angel Hernando-Veciana
  • Fabio Michelucci

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We show that open ascending auctions are prone to inecient rushes, i.e. all bidders quitting at the same price, in market environments such as privatizations, takeover contests, and procurement auctions. Rushes arise when an incumbent with better information about a common value component of the asset for sale quits, and his exit reveals negative information. Rushes can be avoided, and expected social surplus maximized, by reducing the disclosure of information with the use of a multi-stage auction. Thus, our results point out to an important limitation of market mechanisms that provide immediate information disclosure to all agents in a market.

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  • Angel Hernando-Veciana & Fabio Michelucci, 2013. "Do Not Panic: How to Avoid Inefficient Rushes Using Multi-Stage Auctions," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp489, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Prague.
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    1. Hernando-Veciana, Ángel & Michelucci, Fabio, 2014. "On the optimality of not allocating," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(2), pages 233-235.

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    Keywords

    efficiency; auctions; mechanism design; two stage mechanisms;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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