Quarterly Journal of Economics Efficient Auctions* Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin

  title={Quarterly Journal of Economics Efficient Auctions* Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin},
  author={Partha Sarthi Dasgupta and Eric Maskin},
We exhibit an efficient auction (an auction that maximizes surplus conditional on all available information). For private values, the Vickrey auction (for one good) or its Groves-Clarke extension (for multiple goods) is efficient. We show that the Vickrey and Groves-Clarke auctions can be generalized to attain efficiency when there are common values, if each buyer’s information can be represented as a one-dimensional signal. When a buyer’s information is multidimensional, no auction is… CONTINUE READING
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