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Asymmetric First-Price Menu Auctions under Intricate Uncertainty

  • Han, Seungjin

This paper studies asymmetric first-price menu auctions in the procurement environment where the buyer does not commit to a decision rule and asymmetric sellers have interdependent costs and statistically affiliated signals. Sellers compete in bidding a menu of contracts, where a contract specifi es a vector of characteristics and a payment required from the buyer for delivering these characteristics. The buyer does not commit ex-ante to a decision rule but rather upon observing all the menus o ffered by sellers chooses the best contract. This paper establishes the existence of a continuum of separating monotone equilibria in this game bounded above by the jointly ex-post efficient outcome and below by the jointly interim efficient outcome. It shows that the jointly ex-post efficient equilibrium outcome is the only ex-post renegotiation proof outcome and it is also ex-ante robust to all continuation equilibria

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series Microeconomics.ca working papers with number seungjin_han-2011-9.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 25 May 2011
Date of revision: 02 Apr 2013
Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:seungjin_han-2011-9
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