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Fear of losing in a clock auction

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  • Peter Cramton
  • Emel Filiz-Ozbay
  • Erkut Ozbay

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  • Pacharasut Sujarittanonta

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We examine bidding behavior in a clock auction in which price is set by the lowest-accepted bid and provisional winners are reported each round (the LABpw auction). This format was used in the India 3G spectrum auction. In the standard theory, the auction performs poorly. In particular it yields lower revenues and is less efficient than the more standard clock auction with exit bids and highest-rejected-bid pricing (the HRB auction). However, the LABpw auction performs well in the lab, achieving higher revenues than the HRB auction. We show how fear of losing provides one motivation for the overbidding that causes higher revenues in the LABpw auction. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economic Design.

Volume (Year): 16 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 119-134

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Keywords: Clock auction; Regret; Lowest accepted bid; Provisional winner; D44; C78; L96;

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  1. Nicola Lacetera & Bradley J. Larsen & Devin G. Pope & Justin R. Sydnor, 2013. "Bid Takers or Market Makers? The Effect of Auctioneers on Auction Outcomes," NBER Working Papers 19731, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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