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An empirical investigation of late bidding in online auctions


  • Ben Rhouma, Tarek
  • Zaccour, Georges


Why do some participants in online auctions place their bids right before the time of closing? Using e-Bay data, we propose count-data models to look at both the presence of the late-bidding phenomenon and its intensity. Our results reveal significant differences between extremely late-bidders (snipers) and moderately late-bidders.

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  • Ben Rhouma, Tarek & Zaccour, Georges, 2012. "An empirical investigation of late bidding in online auctions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 715-717.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:715-717 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.022

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    1. Jeffrey C. Ely & Tanjim Hossain, 2009. "Sniping and Squatting in Auction Markets," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 68-94, August.
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    Late bidding; Internet auctions; EBay; Count models;

    JEL classification:

    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services


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