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Optimal quality scores in sponsored search auctions: Full extraction of advertisers' surplus

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  • Kiho Yoon

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Abstract

This paper shows that the quality scores in sponsored search auctions can be optimally chosen to extract all the advertisers' surplus. The reason for the full extraction result is that the quality scores may effectively set all the bidders' valuations equal to the highest valuation, which induces intense bidding competition.

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  • Kiho Yoon, 2009. "Optimal quality scores in sponsored search auctions: Full extraction of advertisers' surplus," Discussion Paper Series 0904, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
  • Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:0904
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    1. Varian, Hal R., 2007. "Position auctions," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 25(6), pages 1163-1178, December.
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    Keywords

    Online advertising; Sponsored search; Quality score; Full extraction;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • M37 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Advertising

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