Simultaneous auctions with synergies

Vijay Krishna, Robert W. Rosenthal

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Motivated by recent auctions of licenses for the radio-frequency spectrum, we consider situations where multiple objects are auctioned simultaneously by means of a second-price, sealed-bid auction. For some buyers, called global bidders, the value of multiple objects exceeds the sum of the objects' values separately. Others, called local bidders, are interested in only one object. In a simple independent private values setting, we characterize an equilibrium that is symmetric among the global bidders and derive some comparative statics results. In particular, the addition of global bidders leads to less aggressive bidding. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Number: D44.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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