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Jump Bidding and Overconcentration in Decentralized Simultaneous Ascending Auctions

  • Zheng, Charles Zhoucheng

A model of English auction that allows jump bidding is proposed. When two objects are sold separately via such English auctions, I construct an equilibrium such that bidders signal via jump bids, thereby forming rational expectations of the prices without relying on any central mediator. This equilibrium eliminates the exposure problem for a bidder whose valuation function is superadditive. Consequently, the auction game overly concentrates the goods to a multi-item bidder and never overly diffuses them to single-item bidders.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12698.

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Date of creation: 16 Nov 2006
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