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Communication and Reputation in Procurement Auctions – Some Empirical Evidence

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  • Timo Heinrich

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This paper studies the role of communication and reputation in market interactions using data from online procurement auctions. Not only positive reputation ratings but also engaging in communication increases a bidder’s probability of winning the auction. Messages are primarily used to reduce the asymmetric information associated with transactions.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0253.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0253

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Keywords: Communication; procurement auctions; reputation;

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