Kaplan, Todd R and Zamir, Shmuel (2011): Multiple equilibria in asymmetric first-price auctions.
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Maskin and Riley (2003) and Lebrun (2006) prove that the Bayes-Nash equilibrium of �rst-price auctions is unique. This uniqueness requires the assumption that a buyer never bids above his value. We demonstrate that, in asymmetric �rst-price auctions (with or without a minimum bid), the relaxation of this assumption results in additional equilibria that are "substantial." Although in each of these additional equilibria no buyer wins with a bids above his value, the allocation of the object and the selling price may vary among the equilibria. Furthermore, we show that such phenomena can only occur under asymmetry in the distributions of values.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Multiple equilibria in asymmetric first-price auctions|
|Keywords:||Asymmetric auctions, �first-price auctions, multiple equilibria|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D44 - Auctions
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C72 - Noncooperative Games
|Depositing User:||Todd R Kaplan|
|Date Deposited:||22. Nov 2011 13:12|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 23:32|
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