Efficiency of large double auctions

Martin W. Cripps*, Jeroen M. Swinkels

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We consider large double auctions with private values. Values need be neither symmetric nor independent. Multiple units may be owned or desired. Participation may be stochastic. We introduce a very mild notion of "a little independence." We prove that all nontrivial equilibria of auctions that satisfy this notion are asymptotically efficient. For any α>0, inefficiency disappears at rate 1/n2-α.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-92
Number of pages46
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Asymmetric information
  • Double auction
  • Efficiency
  • Market microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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