The Default-Prone U.S. Toxic Asset Auction Plan
Applying auction theory to the toxic-asset rescue plan currently released by the United States Treasury Department, this paper demonstrates an equilibrium where moderately poor bidders outbid rich bidders in such auctions. After defeating their rich rivals and acquiring the toxic assets, such bidders will default on government-provided loans whenever the toxic assets turn out to be unsalvageable. An alternative mechanism is discussed.
|Date of creation:||30 Mar 2009|
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|Publication status:||Published in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, April 2009, vol. 9 no. 1 (Contributions)|
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- Zheng, Charles Z., 2001.
"High Bids and Broke Winners,"
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Elsevier, vol. 100(1), pages 129-171, September.
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