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Charity Auctions for the Happy Few

  • Olivier Bos

Recent literature has shown that all-pay auctions raise more money for charity than winner-pay auctions. We demonstrate that the first-price and second-price winner-pay auctions outperform the first-price and second-price all-pay auction when bidders are sufficiently asymmetric. To prove it, we consider a framework with complete information. Complete information is realistic and corresponds to events that occur, for instance, in a local service club (such as a voluntary organization) or in a show business dinner.

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Paper provided by University of Cologne, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 45.

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Date of creation: 22 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kls:series:0045
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