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Less fighting than expected — experiments with wars of attrition and all-pay auctions

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  • Oliver Kirchkamp,

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The paper compares with the help of experiments dynamic and static wars of attrition (i.e. second price all-pay auctions) and first-price all-pay auctions. While most experimental studies find overbidding in first-price all-pay auctions, we find underbidding in a similar institution, the war of attrition, in particular if the bidding process is dynamic. We study bids and revenue in different experimental frames and matching procedures and draw a link to the literature on stepwise linear bidding functions

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Paper provided by Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm in its series CRIEFF Discussion Papers with number 0607.

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Keywords: War of attrition; dynamic bidding; all-pay auction; stabilisation; volunteer’s dilemma; experiment;

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