winner's curse

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Winner's curse

Problem faced by uninformed bidders. For example, in an initial public offering uninformed participants are likely to receive larger allotments of issues that informed participants know are overpriced.
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Winner's Curse

In auctions, the tendency for the winning bid to exceed the intrinsic value of what is being offered. This trend was first noted among energy companies during auctions for bidding rights to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. It is thought that insufficient information and, perhaps more so, the emotional desire to win in the heat of an auction contribute to the winner's curse. See also: Behavioral economics.
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winner's curse

The likelihood the winning bidder in an auction of several bidders will pay too high a price. From an investor's standpoint, the winner's curse implies the stockholders of the firm acquired in a merger will benefit at the expense of the stockholders of the acquiring firm when several potential acquirers are involved in the bidding.
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winner's curse

the possibility that the winning bidder in an AUCTION will pay too much for an ASSET since the highest bidder places a higher value on the asset then all other bidders. For example, the winning bidder in a TAKEOVER BID may pay too much for the assets and trading connections of the JOINT-STOCK COMPANY that he has bought, because the price that he has paid has been bid up by competing bidders.
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There is also the phenomenon of the 'winner's curse' - a participant bidding so aggressively that the asset is no longer worth the amount paid for it.
This adverse selection is what leads to the well-known Winner's Curse phenomenon and if not taken into account during bid formulation it can lead to substantial losses for the sellers.
Seller's reluctance is just as dangerous for sellers as the winner's curse is for buyers.
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The result is the "winner's curse," where neither the economic nor noneconomic goals of family owners are fully achieved.
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I would also highlight a phenomenon known as the "winner's curse" whereby auctions can lead to the winner getting carried away.