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Speculation in Second-Price Auctions with Resale

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  • Rod Garratt

    (University of California Santa Barbara)

  • Thomas Troger

    (University of California Santa Barbara)

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This paper contributes to the literature on second-price auctions with resale. We add speculators---bidders with value zero---to the standard symmetric independent private values environment. There always exists a continuum of inefficient equilibria that are profitable for a speculator. With no reserve price in the initial auction, speculation can enhance the initial seller's expected revenue. On the other hand, speculation can harm the initial seller even if she chooses an optimal reserve price. Our results are valid for English auctions as well.

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  • Rod Garratt & Thomas Troger, 2003. "Speculation in Second-Price Auctions with Resale," Game Theory and Information 0305003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0305003
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    1. Marco Pagnozzi, 2007. "Bidding to lose? Auctions with resale," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 38(4), pages 1090-1112, December.
    2. Thomas Troger, 2003. "Speculation in First-Price Auctions with Resale," Microeconomics 0308001, EconWPA.
    3. Rod Garratt & Thomas Tröger, 2006. "Speculation in Standard Auctions with Resale," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 74(3), pages 753-769, May.

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    Keywords

    speculation; second-price auction; resale;

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    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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