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Computationally Convenient Distributional Assumptions for Common Value Auctions

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  • Michael B. Gordy

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Although the mathematical foundations of common value auctions have been well understood since Milgrom & Weber (1982), equilibrium bidding strategies are computationally complex. Very few calculated examples can be found in the literature, and only for highly specialized cases. This paper introduces two sets of distributional assumptions that are flexible enough for theoretical and empirical applications and yet permit straightforward calculation of equilibrium bidding strategies.

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  • Michael B. Gordy, "undated". "Computationally Convenient Distributional Assumptions for Common Value Auctions," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 1997-05, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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