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Preference reversals and disparities between willingness to pay and willingness to accept in repeated markets

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  • Graham Loomes

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Chris Starmer

    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

  • Robert Sugden

    () (School of Economics, University of East Anglia)

Abstract

Previous studies suggest that two otherwise robust ‘anomalies’ – preference reversals and disparities between buying and selling valuations – are eroded when respondents participate in repeated markets. We report an experiment which investigates whether this is true when factors neglected in previous studies are controlled, and which distinguishes between anomalies revealed in the behaviour of individual market participants and anomalies revealed in market prices. Our results confirm the decay of buy/sell disparities, but not of preference reversal. This raises doubts about the hypothesis that, in general, repeated markets reveal anomaly-free preferences, even among the marginal traders who determine prices.

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  • Graham Loomes & Chris Starmer & Robert Sugden, 2009. "Preference reversals and disparities between willingness to pay and willingness to accept in repeated markets," Discussion Papers 2009-24, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.
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    preference reversal; willingness to accept; willingness to pay; repeated market;
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