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Prices and the Winner's Curse

  • Jeremy Bulow

    (Federal Trade Commission & Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA)

  • Paul Klemperer

    (Nuffield College, Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK)

We usually assume increases in supply, allocation by rationing, and exclusion of potential buyers will never raise prices. But all of these activities raise the expected price in an important set of cases when common-value assets are sold. Furthermore, when we make the assumptions needed to rule out these "anomalies" when buyers are symmetric, small asymmetries among the buyers necessarily cause the anomalies to reappear.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 16 Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:9904003
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