PR Wurman, WE Walsh, and MP Wellman

Decision Support Systems, 24:17–27, 1998.
Copyright © 1998 Published by Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.


We consider a general family of auction mechanisms that admit multiple buyers and sellers, and determine market-clearing prices. We analyze the economic incentives facing participants in such auctions, demonstrating that, under some conditions, it is possible to induce truthful revelation of values by buyers or sellers, but not both, and for single- but not multi-unit bids. We also perform a computational analysis of the auctioneer’s task, exhibiting efficient algorithms for processing bids and calculating allocations.

This paper was plagiarized by Yin et al., 2004.


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