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Empirical Models of Auctions

  • Susan Athey
  • Philip A. Haile

Many important economic questions arising in auctions can be answered only with knowledge of the underlying primitive distributions governing bidder demand and information. An active literature has developed aiming to estimate these primitives by exploiting restrictions from economic theory as part of the econometric model used to interpret auction data. We review some highlights of this recent literature, focusing on identification and empirical applications. We describe three insights that underlie much of the recent methodological progress in this area and discuss some of the ways these insights have been extended to richer models allowing more convincing empirical applications. We discuss several recent empirical studies using these methods to address a range of important economic questions.

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Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published as Blundell, Richard, Whitney Newey, and Torsten Persson (eds.) Advances in Economics and Econometrics, The- ory and Applications: Ninth World Congress, Volume II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, ch. 1, 1-45.
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