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War of Attrition: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment on Market Exit

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  • RYan Oprea

    () (University Of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Bart J. Wilson

    () (Economic Science Institute, Chapman University)

  • Artie Zillante

    (Uinversity of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Abstract

We report an experiment designed to study whether inecient rms are systematically driven from overcrowded markets. We implement a series of 3800 wars of attrition of a type modeled in Fudenberg and Tirole (1986). Exit tends to be ecient and exit times conform reasonably well to point predictions of the model. Moreover, we nd that subjects respond similarly to implementations framed in terms of losses as they do to those framed in terms of gains.

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  • RYan Oprea & Bart J. Wilson & Artie Zillante, 2008. "War of Attrition: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment on Market Exit," Working Papers 08-02, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
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    Keywords

    Market exit; war of attrition; experimental economics;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior

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