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Nonparametric Estimation of First-Price Auctions with Risk-Averse Bidders

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  • Federico Zincenko

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This paper proposes nonparametric estimators for the bidders' utility function and density of private values in a first-price sealed-bid auction model with independent valuations. I study a setting with risk-averse bidders and adopt a fully nonparametric approach by not placing any restrictions on the shape of the utility function beyond regularity conditions. I propose a population criterionfunction that has a unique minimizer, which characterizes the utility function and density of private values. The resulting estimators emerge after replacing the population quantities by sample analogues. These estimators are uniformly consistent and their convergence rates are established. Monte Carlo experiments show that the proposed estimators perform well in practice.

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  • Federico Zincenko, 2016. "Nonparametric Estimation of First-Price Auctions with Risk-Averse Bidders," Working Paper 5855, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh.
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    1. Zhang, Yu Yvette, 2017. "A shape constrained estimator of bidding function of first-price sealed-bid auctions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 67-72.
    2. Matthew Gentry & Tong Li & Jingfeng Lu, 2015. "Identification and estimation in first-price auctions with risk-averse bidders and selective entry," CeMMAP working papers CWP16/15, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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