The Herodotus Paradox
The Babylonian bridal auction, described by Herodotus, is regarded as one of the earliest uses of an auction in history. Yet, to our knowledge, the literature lacks a formal equilibrium analysis of this auction. We provide such an analysis for the twoplayer case with complete and incompete information, and in so doing identify what we call the "Herodotus Paradox".
|second price, transfer to loser|
|Noncooperative Games (jel C72), Auctions (jel D44)|
|Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series|
|Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute|
Baye, M.R, Kovenock, D, & de Vries, C.G. (2010). The Herodotus Paradox. Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute. Tinbergen Institute. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/20754