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Sequential Auctions of Heterogeneous Objects

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  • Akitoshi Muramoto

    () (Institute of Intellectual Property, Foundation for Intellectual Property)

  • Ryuji Sano

    () (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

Abstract

We consider sequential second-price auctions in which heterogeneous objects are sold to bidders with unit demand and a single dimensional type. We show that a symmetric increasing equilibrium exists if objects are ordered in terms of dispersiveness of value distributions. Equilibrium price declines when objects are equivalent on average and additional conditions hold.

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  • Akitoshi Muramoto & Ryuji Sano, 2016. "Sequential Auctions of Heterogeneous Objects," KIER Working Papers 945, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    sequential auctions; declining price anomaly; dispersiveness;

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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