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What's that got to do with the price of fish? Buyers behavior on the Ancona fish market

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  • Mauro Gallegati

    (Polytechnic University of Marche - Polytechnic University of Marche)

  • Gianfranco Giulioni

    () (Ud'A - Università degli studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara [Chieti-Pescara])

  • Alan Kirman

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

  • Antonio Palestrini

    (UNITE - Universita degli studi di Teramo - University of Teramo [Italie])

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the Ancona wholesale fish market (MERITAN) where transactions take place in three simultaneous Dutch auctions. Our objective is to characterize the behavior of market participants and, in particular, buyers in such a market structure. Our analysis of the data shows that buyer-seller relationships are less important than in a pairwise bargaining market such as the Marseille Fish market but that a significant amount of “loyalty" is still present under the auction mechanism. We provide an explanation of the “declining price paradox" for the fish market of Ancona by linking the rule used by the buyers to set their bid to the relationship between the variation in the price of the last transactions in the day and the quantity of fish available on that day. In fact, the average price tends to increase for last transactions on days characterized by limited supply of fish.

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  • Mauro Gallegati & Gianfranco Giulioni & Alan Kirman & Antonio Palestrini, 2010. "What's that got to do with the price of fish? Buyers behavior on the Ancona fish market," Working Papers halshs-00545129, HAL.
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    Keywords

    wholesale fish market; Dutch auction;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery

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