Large Multi-Unit Auctions with a Large Bidder

Title: Large Multi-Unit Auctions with a Large Bidder
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2018
Published In: Journal of Economic Theory

We compare equilibrium bidding in uniform-price and discriminatory auctions when a single large bidder (i.e., with multi-unit demand) competes against many small bidders, each with single-unit demands. We show that the large bidder prefers the discriminatory auction over the uniform-price auction, and we provide general conditions under which small bidders have the reverse preference. We use examples to show that the efficiency and revenue rankings of the two auctions are ambiguous.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Baisa B.

Baisa B., Burkett J., “Large MultiUnitAuctions with a Large Bidder,” Journal of Economic Theory, 174, pp. 1–15, 2018.

Related Departments:
  • School of Economics