Loadsa Money

Imagine an auction with these rules:

The real puzzle is, what’s your strategy as a bidder? And just to complicate things, consider this: bidding £11 may not be a dumb thing to do. It turns out that the auctioneer often makes a lot of money first time round.

This puzzle comes from the Econtalk podcasts, which I’ve been listening to a lot today, so please listen to that for more discussion. I’m trying to avoid borrowing from others’ content on this blog, but this was so interesting I couldn’t resist - Russ Roberts, the host, seems to focus particularly on practical microeconomics, so if that’s something that interests you, run, don’t walk to your MP3 player.