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Testing Whether Field Auction Experiments are Demand Revealing in Practice

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  • Jay R. Corrigan
  • Matthew C. Rousu

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Recent evidence suggests that participants’ misunderstanding of experimental auction mechanisms can systematically bias auction results. We present a simple technique for testing whether field auction participants fully understand the demand-revealing nature of the auction mechanism and, by extension, whether auction bids provide an unbiased estimate of participants’ willingness to pay.

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Paper provided by Kenyon College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0804.

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Keywords: demand revealing; experimental auctions; field experiments;

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