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Charitable asymmetric bidders


  • Olivier, Bos


Recent papers show that all-pay auctions are better at raising money for charity than first-price auctions with symmetric bidders and under incomplete information. Yet, this result is lost with sufficiently asymmetric bidders and under complete information. In this paper, we consider a framework on charity auctions with asymmetric bidders under some incomplete information. We find that all-pay auctions still earn more money than first-price auction. Thus, all-pay auctions should be seriously considered when one wants to organize a charity auction.

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  • Olivier, Bos, 2011. "Charitable asymmetric bidders," MPRA Paper 31877, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:31877

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    1. Wasser, C├ędric, 2013. "Bilateral k+1-price auctions with asymmetric shares and values," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 350-368.

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    All-pay auctions; Charity; Externalities;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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