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Speculation in Standard 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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We analyze the role resale creates for zero-value bidders, called speculators, in standard auctions with symmetric independent private values buyers. English/second-price auctions always have equilibria with active resale markets and positive profits for a speculator. In first- price/Dutch auctions, the unique equilibrium can involve an active resale market, but is never profitable for a speculator. In all standard auctions, allowing resale can increase the initial seller's revenue and lead to an inefficient allocation. First-price and second-price auctions are not revenue equivalent.

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  • Rod Garratt & Thomas Troger, 2004. "Speculation in Standard Auctions with Resale," Microeconomics 0405005, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0405005
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    Keywords

    first-price; second-price; English; Dutch auctions; speculation; resale; efficiency;

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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