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Endogenous Participation in Charity Auctions

  • Jeffrey Carpenter


  • Jessica Holmes


  • Peter Hans Matthews


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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Paper provided by Middlebury College, Department of Economics in its series Middlebury College Working Paper Series with number 0707.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mdl:mdlpap:0707
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