The course aims at giving the students the abilities and competences needed to understand and to deal with main problems related to the design of auctions as well as the behavior of individuals as bidders or as sellers in an auction. Auctions are here considered in the broad sense including auctions of several objects as well as more general mechanisms for allocation of goods or rights. The competences to be acquired in the course of the teaching include the following
- Knowledge of basic forms of auctions as well as their formal representation, ability to characterize given auctions in terms of theoretically relevant properties
- Knowledge of optimal bid strategies for buyers in simple auctions types, knowledge of and ability to exploit the fundamental result about revenue equivalence in simple standard auctions
- Knowledge of the fundamental problems in the context of mechanism design as well as of methods for truthful revelation of preferences
- Understanding of the complications which arise when the objects set for sale have a more complicated nature, and of cases of ranking of auction types according to their revenue to sellers
- Understanding the problems connected with collusion of bidders, both for the seller and for the proper functioning of such collusion arrangements
- Knowledge of fundamental problems occurring in multiobject auction as well as of the extension of the simple auctions to this context.
- Knowledge of selected real-life auctions with their specific problems, such as internet auctions, auctions in connection with initial public offerings.
Basic textbooks is: V.Krishna, Auction theory, Academic Press, 2nd edition, Academic Press 2010.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 3 hours under invigilationA 3 hours written examination taking place at Peter Bangs Vej 36.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
100 % censurship
- Exam period
- Will be updated before the start of the semester
- Same as ordinary. But if only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exams with a synopsis to be handed in. This means that the examination date also will change.