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

  • Mauro Gallegati

    (Polytechnic University of Marche - Polytechnic University of Marche - Polytechnic University of Marche)

  • Gianfranco Giulioni

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    (University of Chieti-Pescara - University of Chieti-Pescara - University of Chieti-Pescara)

  • Alan Kirman

    ()

    (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille II - Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - CNRS : UMR6579)

  • Antonio Palestrini

    (University of Teramo - University of Teramo - University of Teramo)

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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