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Endogenous Participation in Charity Auctions

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  • Jeffrey Carpenter

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  • Jessica Holmes

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  • Peter Hans Matthews

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Data from a recent ?eld experiment suggests that differences in participation rates are responsible for much of the variations in revenues across formats in charity auctions. We provide a theoretical framework for the analysis of this, and other related, results. The model illustrates the limits of previous "?xed" results and introduces some new considerations to the choice of auction mechanism. It also implies, however, that the data cannot be explained in terms of participation costs alone: there must exist mechanism-speci?c obstacles to participation.

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  • Jeffrey Carpenter & Jessica Holmes & Peter Hans Matthews, 2007. "Endogenous Participation in Charity Auctions," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0707, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
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    1. Sander Onderstal & Arthur J.C. Schram & Adriaan R. Soetevent, 2011. "Bidding to give in the Field: Door-to-Door Fundraisers had it right from the Start," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-070/1, Tinbergen Institute, revised 10 Nov 2011.
    2. Bos, Olivier, 2016. "Charity auctions for the happy few," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 83-92.
    3. Olivier, Bos, 2011. "Charitable asymmetric bidders," MPRA Paper 31877, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. repec:eee:jeeman:v:85:y:2017:i:c:p:130-145 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Onderstal, Sander & Schram, Arthur J.H.C. & Soetevent, Adriaan R., 2014. "Reprint of: Bidding to give in the field," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 87-100.
    6. Carpenter, Jeffrey & Holmes, Jessica & Matthews, Peter Hans, 2011. "Jumping and sniping at the silents: Does it matter for charities?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(5), pages 395-402.
    7. Damianov Damian S. & Peeters Ronald, 2012. "The lowest-bid all-pay-auction as a fund-raising mechanism: Theoretically optimal but behaviorally fragile," Research Memorandum 051, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
    8. Onderstal, Sander & Schram, Arthur J.H.C. & Soetevent, Adriaan R., 2013. "Bidding to give in the field," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 72-85.

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