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Multiagent System Simulations of Treasury Auctions

This study uses a multiagent system to determine which payment rule provides the most revenue in Treasury auctions that are based on Canadian rules. The model encompasses the when-issued, auction, and secondary markets, as well as constraints for primary dealers. I find that the Spanish payment rule is revenue inferior to the Discriminatory payment rule across all market price spreads, but the Average rule is revenue superior. For most market-price spreads, Uniform payment results in less revenue than Discriminatory, but there are many cases in which Vickrey payment produces more revenue.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Department Discussion Papers with number 0709.

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Length: 69 pages
Date of creation: 19 Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicddp:0709
Note: ISSN 1914-2838
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