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The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

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Volume 9, Issue 1 (Sep 2009)

Separating Equilibria in Public Auctions

Arieh Gavious
  • 1Ben Gurion University,
Published Online: 2009-09-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.2183

Abstract

We consider two private-value auctions where the prize in one is higher than the prize in the other. We show that a separating equilibrium exists in which bidders with a high valuation attend the auction with the higher prize while bidders with a low valuation attend the auction with the lower prize. In addition, we prove that a weak separating equilibrium exists where the strong bidders attend the high prize auction while the weak bidders randomize and may attend either auction, although with a higher probability of attending the low prize auction. In the set of auctions with separating equilibrium, we find the optimal minimum bids that maximize a seller's expected revenue.

Keywords: auctions; separating equilibrium; selling mechanisms; private information

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Published Online: 2009-09-03


Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.2183. Export Citation

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