The Herodotus Paradox

26 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2010

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Michael R. Baye

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy

Dan Kovenock

Chapman University - Economic Science Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Casper G. de Vries

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 29, 2010

Abstract

The Babylonian bridal auction, described by Herodotus, is regarded as one of the earliest uses of an auction in history. Yet, to our knowledge, the literature lacks a formal equilibrium analysis of this auction. We provide such an analysis for the two-player case with complete and incomplete information, and in so doing identify what we call the “Herodotus Paradox.”

JEL Classification: C72, D44

Suggested Citation

Baye, Michael Roy and Kovenock, Daniel and De Vries, Casper, The Herodotus Paradox (July 29, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3135, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650527

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