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Collusion Via Resale

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  • Garratt, Rod
  • Troger, Thomas
  • Zheng, Charles Zhoucheng

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The English auction is susceptible to tacit collusion when post-auction inter-bidder resale is allowed. We show this by constructing equilibria where, with positive probability, one bidder wins the auction without any competition and divides the spoils by optimally reselling the good to the other bidders. These equilibria interim Pareto dominate (among bidders) the standard value-bidding equilibrium, without requiring the bidders to make any commitment on bidding behavior or post-bidding spoil-division.

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  • Garratt, Rod & Troger, Thomas & Zheng, Charles Zhoucheng, 2007. "Collusion Via Resale," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12829, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    auction; resale; collusion; English auction;

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    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General

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