Sudden Termination Auctions

An Experimental Study

  • Sascha Füllbrunn
  • Abdolkarim Sadrieh
Schlagworte: auctions, termination rules, electronic markets, JEL: C73, C9, D44


The design of markets has become a major issue due to the capability of online operators to implement almost any set of market rules overnight. With this study we contribute to the literature of market design by presenting a theoretical and experimental analysis of sudden termination auctions. Our main focus is on the candle auction that has a positive termination probability at any time in the course of the auction. The second price candle auction which is technically demanding and rarely implemented offline proves to be a faster and equally efficient alternative to standard hard close auctions.