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Price Reveal Auctions

Andrea Gallice ()

No 437, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: A price reveal auction (PRA) is a descending price auction in which the current price of the item on sale is hidden. Buyers can privately observe the price only by paying a fee, and every time an agent does so, the price falls by a predetermined amount. We show that if the number of participants, n, is common knowledge, then in equilibrium a PRA replicates the outcome of a posted price mechanism. In particular, at most one buyer observes the price and the auction immediately ?nishes. In contrast, multiple entries can occur and pro?tability is enhanced when agents are uncertain about n. Under some conditions, a PRA may even yield higher expected revenues than standard auction formats.

Keywords: price reveal auctions; pay-per-bid auctions; endogenous price decrease. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 35
Date: 2015
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gth and nep-mic
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