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Speculation in Standard Auctions with Resale

Rodney Garratt () and Thomas Troger
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Thomas Troger: University of California, Santa Barbara

Microeconomics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: first-price; second-price; English; Dutch auctions; speculation; resale; efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2004-05-20
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 52
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