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Competition and Bidding Behavior: Some Evidence from the Rice Market

  • Meyer, Donald J
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    When objects have uncertain value, the net effect of competition in sealed-bid auctions is ambiguous. The risk of succumbing to the "winner's curse" generally causes bidders to exhibit a nonaggressive response in addition to the standard competitive effect. Sellers can influence the size of the nonaggressive effect by responding to the value uncertainty. This paper focuses specifically on individual bidding behavior in a rice auction market in which sellers issue a product-quality guarantee. The empirical evidence supports the author's hypothesis that such a guarantee negates the significance of the nonaggressive bidder response. Copyright 1988 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 26 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 123-32

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:26:y:1988:i:1:p:123-32
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