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Competing Auction Houses

  • Alexander Matros

    (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Andriy Zapechelnyuk

    ()

    (University of Bonn, KSE and KEI)

We consider a model where sellers make repeated attempts to sell an object via two competing auction houses. An auction house that attracts a seller runs a Vickrey auction among a random sample of buyers and collects two fees: a listing fee and, if the object is sold, a closing fee. We characterize equilibria and show that two equilibrium outcomes are possible: a (contestable) monopoly, and a market segmentation between the two competitors.

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Paper provided by Kyiv School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 17.

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Date of creation: Apr 2009
Date of revision: Mar 2010
Handle: RePEc:kse:dpaper:17
Note: Under review in Games and Economic Behavior
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