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Bidding and Drilling on Offshore Wildcat Tracts

  • Nicolas Melissas

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    (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM))

I study a game in which firms first bid on wildcat tracts and then time their drilling decisions. In an equilibrium bids are used as a coordination device: if player i bid low while player -i bid high, player i waits while player -i drills. This equilibrium is consistent with the empirical findings of Hendricks and Porter (1996). Firms know that by bidding "low" they can be allocated the right to free-ride. This induces "optimistic" firms to submit "low" bids. Nonetheless, this equilibrium need not reduce expected revenues as compared to the benchmark case in which one abstracts from signalling issues.

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Paper provided by Centro de Investigacion Economica, ITAM in its series Working Papers with number 0805.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cie:wpaper:0805
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