Auctions When Bidders Prepare by Investing in Ideas
9 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 1999
Date Written: March 2000
We consider auction games where, prior to the auction, bidders spend resources to increase their valuations. The market game is solved by solving an equivalent auxiliary social choice problem. We show that standard auctions are fully efficient, whereas reserve price requirements entail a double inefficiency. Moreover, we explain how optimal auctions differ from the well-known static optimum, and sketch the impact of information spillovers.
JEL Classification: D44
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