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Testing whether field auction experiments are demand revealing in practice

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  • Jay Corrigan
  • Matthew Rousu

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Recent evidence suggests that participants' misunderstanding of experimental auction mechanisms can systematically bias auction results. We present a simple technique for testing whether field auction participants fully understand the demand-revealing nature of the auction mechanism and, by extension, whether auction bids provide an unbiased estimate of participants' willingness to pay.

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  • Jay Corrigan & Matthew Rousu, 2008. "Testing whether field auction experiments are demand revealing in practice," Framed Field Experiments 00161, The Field Experiments Website.
  • Handle: RePEc:feb:framed:00161
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    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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