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A consistent nonparametric test of affiliation in auction models

  • Jun, Sung Jae
  • Pinkse, Joris
  • Wan, Yuanyuan

We propose a new nonparametric test of affiliation, a strong form of positive dependence with independence as a special, knife-edge, case. The test is consistent against all departures from the null of affiliation, and its null distribution is standard normal. Like most nonparametric tests, a sample-size dependent input parameter is needed. We provide an informal procedure for choosing the input parameter and evaluate the test's performance using a simulation study. Our test can be used to test the fundamental assumptions of the auctions literature. We implement our test empirically using the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) auction data.

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Volume (Year): 159 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 46-54

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