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Bidding behavior in asymmetric auctions: An experimental study

  • Guth, Werner
  • Ivanova-Stenzel, Radosveta
  • Wolfstetter, Elmar

We review an asymmetric auction experiment. Based on Plum (1992) private valuations of the two bidders are independently drawn from distinct but commonly known distributions, one of which stochastically dominating the other. We test the qualitative properties of that model of asymmetric auctions, in particular whether the weak bidder behaves more aggressively than the strong and then test bidders' preference for first- vs. second-price auctions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 49 (2005)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
Pages: 1891-1913

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:49:y:2005:i:7:p:1891-1913
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