Lessons from a failed airline auction
In 1995, USAir placed itself for sale in an English auction. Interestingly, no bids were placed. This does not imply that the available firm is not a valuable acquisition. If losing reduces profits, firms wish to avoid a profit-reducing bidding war. However, in a sealed-bid auction (with no credible nonparticipation commitments), firms place profit-reducing bids in equilibrium. Also, a novelty of our analysis is the specification of the loser's profit rising with the price that the winner pays. This highlights an important explanation of bidding wars because a firm may bid simply to make the eventual winner pay a higher price. (JEL L1, L9). © 2006 Western Economic Association International.
Meister, J. Patrick and Anderson, Kyle J., "Lessons from a failed airline auction" (2006). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1867.