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A shape constrained estimator of bidding function of first-price sealed-bid auctions


  • Zhang, Yu Yvette


This paper is concerned with economic analysis of first-price sealed-bid auctions with risk averse bidders. The identification is based on exogenous variations in the number of bidders across auctions. We present a shape constrained estimator of the bidding function, which satisfies the theoretical properties of passing through origin, positivity and monotonicity. The underlying utility function and bidder value distribution are readily obtained from the estimated bidding function. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate good performance of the proposed estimator.

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  • Zhang, Yu Yvette, 2017. "A shape constrained estimator of bidding function of first-price sealed-bid auctions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 67-72.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:150:y:2017:i:c:p:67-72 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.11.001

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    First-price auctions; Bidding functions; Risk aversion; Shaped constrained estimator;

    JEL classification:

    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions


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