We analyze a setting common in privatizations, public tenders and takeovers in which the ex post efficient allocation, i.e. the first best, is not implementable. Our first main result is that the open ascending auction is not second best because it is prone to  {\it rushes}, i.e. all active bidders quitting simultaneously, that undermine its efficiency. Our second main result is that the second best can be implemented with a two-round auction used in real-life privatizations.

Inefficient Rushes in Auction (joint with Angel Hernando-Veciana)

Wed 17 Aug 2016 12:00pm1:00pm


Room 629, Colin Clark Building (#39)