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Endowment Effects in Contests

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  • Curtis R. Price

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    (Department of Economics & Finance, College of Business, University of Southern Indiana)

  • Roman M. Sheremeta

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    (Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University)

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We design an experiment to test if the manner in which subjects receive the endowment has any bearing on the amount of overbidding in contests. We find that overbidding is significantly higher when subjects are given a large per-experiment endowment rather than when the endowment is given per-period. Risk-aversion and non-monetary utility of winning play important roles in explaining our findings.

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Paper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 09-07.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:chu:wpaper:09-07

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Keywords: rent-seeking; contest; experiments; overbidding; endowment;

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