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Semiparametric estimation in models of first-price, sealed-bid auctions with affiliation

  • Hubbard, Timothy P.
  • Li, Tong
  • Paarsch, Harry J.

Within the affiliated private-values paradigm, we develop a tractable empirical model of equilibrium behaviour at first-price, sealed-bid auctions. The model is non-parametrically identified, but the rate of convergence in estimation is slow when the number of bidders is even moderately large, so we develop a semiparametric estimation strategy, focusing on the Archimedean family of copulae and implementing this framework using particular members—the Clayton, Frank, and Gumbel copulae. We apply our framework to data from low-price, sealed-bid auctions used by the Michigan Department of Transportation to procure road-resurfacing services, rejecting the hypothesis of independence and finding significant (and high) affiliation in cost signals.

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Volume (Year): 168 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 4-16

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