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An Empirical Investigation of Efficiency and Price Uniformity in Competing Auctions


  • Andersson, Tommy

    () (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Andersson, Christer

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Andersson, Fredrik

    () (Department of Economics, Lund University)


This paper investigates empirically a number of hypotheses that are related to efficiency and price uniformity in online competing auctions for train tickets. The data set is ideal for analyzing competing auctions since each ticket is sold in a separate auction and all auctions with identical tickets starts and ends at exactly the same time. The results unambiguously demonstrate that there is a strong relationship between efficiency and price uniformity on the one hand and the number of submitted cross-bids on the other hand. These findings are in line with what theory suggests.

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  • Andersson, Tommy & Andersson, Christer & Andersson, Fredrik, 2010. "An Empirical Investigation of Efficiency and Price Uniformity in Competing Auctions," Working Papers 2010:14, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2010_014

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    1. Moldovanu, Benny & Sela, Aner & Shi, Xianwen, 2008. "Competing auctions with endogenous quantities," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 1-27, July.
    2. Anwar, Sajid & McMillan, Robert & Zheng, Mingli, 2006. "Bidding behavior in competing auctions: Evidence from eBay," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 307-322, February.
    3. Peters, Michael & Severinov, Sergei, 2006. "Internet auctions with many traders," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 130(1), pages 220-245, September.
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    1. Andersson, Ola & Andersson, Tommy, 2015. "Decomposing the Afternoon Effect: An Empirical Investigation of Sequential Train Ticket Auctions," Working Paper Series 1085, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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    Competing auctions; Cross-bidding; Efficiency; Price uniformity;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions


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