Journal article

EXISTENCE AND CONVERGENCE OF EQUILIBRIA IN THE BUYERS BID DOUBLE AUCTION

SR WILLIAMS

REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES | REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES LTD | Published : 1991

Abstract

This paper concerns a Bayesian game model of the Buyer’s Bid Double Auction, which is a procedure for organizing trade that selects a market-clearing price from a list of offers/bids. Strategic misrepresentation by traders may make the outcome of trade inefficient. Satterthwaite and Williams (1989) showed that misrepresentation and inefficiency quickly converge to zero as the number of traders on each side of the market increases. This is extended here to cases in which the number of buyers may differ from the number of sellers. The existence of equilibria in a generic instance of the model is also proven. © 1991 The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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