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Outside options: Another reason to choose the first-price auction

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  • Kirchkamp, Oliver
  • Poen, Eva
  • Rei, J. Philipp

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In this paper we study equilibrium and experimental bidding behaviour in first-price and second-price auctions with outside options. We find that bidders do respond to outside options and to variations of common knowledge about competitors' outside options. However, overbidding in first-price auctions is significantly higher with outside options than without. First-price auctions yield more revenue than second-price auctions. This revenue-premium is significantly higher with outside options. In second-price auctions the introduction of outside options has only a small effect.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 53 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 153-169

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:53:y:2009:i:2:p:153-169

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Keywords: Auction Outside options Experiments Revenue-premium First-price auction Second-price auction Overbidding Strategy method;

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  1. Tibor Neugebauer & Sascha Fllbrunn, 2013. "Varying the number of bidders in the first-price sealed-bid auction: experimental evidence for the one-shot game," LSF Research Working Paper Series 13-10, Luxembourg School of Finance, University of Luxembourg.
  2. Elizabeth Watson & Theodore L. Turocy, 2011. "Reservation values and regret in laboratory first price auctions: Context and bidding behavior," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 11-14, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
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  4. Sascha Füllbrunn & Tibor Neugebauer, 2013. "Varying the number of bidders in the first-price sealed-bid auction: experimental evidence for the one-shot game," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 75(3), pages 421-447, September.
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  6. Ivanova-Stenzel, Radosveta & Salmon, Timothy C., 2006. "Revenue Equivalence Revisited," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 175, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
  7. Kirchkamp, Oliver & Reiss, J. Philipp & Sadrieh, Abdolkarim, 2008. "A pure variation of risk in private-value auctions," Research Memorandum 050, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).

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