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Information Effects in Multi-Unit Dutch Auctions

  • Joy A. Buchanan

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    (Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason University)

  • Steven Gjerstad

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    (Economic Science Institute, Chapman University)

  • David Porter

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    (Economic Science Institute, Chapman University)

This study compares bidding behavior in a multi-unit uniform-price descending price (Dutch) auction under four different information conditions. Bidders are either informed of the number of bidders in the auction, or know that it is one of two possible sizes; they also either know the number of units remaining for sale or are unaware of how many units have been taken by other bidders. We find that revealing group size decreases bids, and therefore revenue, if units remaining are not shown. When group size is unknown the price also falls if the number of units remaining is revealed. The most efficient and largest revenue outcome occurs when bidders are not provided information on either group size or units remaining.

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Paper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 12-08.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:chu:wpaper:12-08
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