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Inference of bidders’ risk attitudes in ascending auctions with endogenous entry

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  • Fang, Hanming
  • Tang, Xun

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Bidders’ risk attitudes have key implications for the choices of revenue-maximizing auction formats. In ascending auctions, bid distributions do not provide information about risk preference. We infer risk attitudes using distributions of transaction prices and participation decisions in ascending auctions with entry costs. Nonparametric tests are proposed for two distinct scenarios: first, the expected entry cost can be consistently estimated from the data; second, the data does not report entry costs but contains exogenous variation in potential competition and auction characteristics. We also show the identification of risk attitudes in ascending auctions with selective entry, where bidders receive entry-stage signals correlated with their values.

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  • Fang, Hanming & Tang, Xun, 2014. "Inference of bidders’ risk attitudes in ascending auctions with endogenous entry," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 180(2), pages 198-216.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:180:y:2014:i:2:p:198-216
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2014.02.010
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    Ascending auctions; Risk attitudes; Endogenous entry; Tests;
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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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