Asymmetric English Auctions Revisited
University of Montevideo - Department of Economics
I introduce a property, the Own Effect Property (OEP) of player's valuations that ensures the existence of an ex post efficient equilibrium in asymmetric English auctions. The use of the OEP has the advantage of yielding an ex post efficient equilibrium without assuming differentiability of valuations or that signals are drawn from a density. These technical, non economic, assumptions have been ubiquitous in the study of (potentially) asymmetric English auctions. Therefore, my work highlights the economic content of what it takes to obtain efficient ex post equilibria.
I generalize prior work by Echenique and Manelli (2006) and by Birulin and Izmalkov (2003). Relative to Krishna (2003), I weaken his single crossing properties, drop his differentiability assumption, but I assume that one player's valuation is weakly increasing in other players' signals, while he uses a different assumption (neither stronger nor weaker).
I also show that the OEP is necessary for the existence of an ex post efficient equilibrium, when one assumes that the valuations satisfy a certain regularity condition.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: Auctions, Efficiency, Ex-post Equilibrium
JEL Classification: D44, D82working papers series
Date posted: March 30, 2007
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