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Auction Prices, Market Share, and a Common Agent

  • Kalyn T. Coatney

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  • Sherrill L. Shaffer

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  • Dale J. Menkhaus

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The primary pro-competitive justification for multiple principals to hire a common bidding agent is efficiency. The efficiency gained by doing so increases the advantage of the common bidding agent. Almost common value auction theory predicts that an advantaged bidder is able to reduce competition by credibly enhancing the ‘winner’s curse’ of disadvantaged rivals. The credible threat results in disadvantaged rivals exiting the bidding process early, leaving the advantaged bidder to purchase most, if not all, units at lower prices than when rivals have common values. The results of our empirical study of a common bidding agent are consistent with this theory.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2011-24.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2011-24
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