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Bidding Behavior in the Price is Right Game: an Experimental Study

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  • Healy, P.
  • Noussair, C.

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In this paper, we present the design and the results of an experiment in which subjects participate in a bidding game identical to the one seen on the television game show "The Price is Right". Four players make sequential guesses about the price of an item, and the player whose guess is closest to, but without exceeding, the price, wins the item.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, Department of Economics in its series Purdue University Economics Working Papers with number 1132.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2000
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Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1132

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Keywords: PRICES ; EXPERIMENTS ; GAME THEORY;

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  1. Nicolas de Roos & Yianis Sarafidis, 2010. "Decision making under risk in Deal or No Deal," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(6), pages 987-1027.
  2. Chia-Hung Sun, 2012. "Sequential location in a discrete directional market with three or more players," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 101-122, February.
  3. Rafael Tenorio & Timothy N. Cason, 2002. "To Spin or Not to Spin? Natural and Laboratory Experiments from "The Price is Right"," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(476), pages 170-195, January.
  4. Ledyard, J. & Noussair, C.N. & Thronson, H. & Ulrich, P. & Varsi, G. & Healy, P., 2007. "Contracting inside an organization: An experimental study," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-194861, Tilburg University.
  5. Sjögren Lindquist, Gabriella & Säve-Söderbergh, Jenny, 2006. "Testing the rationality assumption using a design difference in the TV game show 'Jeopardy'," Working Paper Series 9/2006, Swedish Institute for Social Research.

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