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Auction Price Formation with Costly Occupants: Evidence Using Data from the Osaka District Court

  • Takako Idee

    (Faculty of Economics, Seikei University)

  • Shinichiro Iwata

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Toyama)

  • Teruyuki Taguchi

    (National Federation of Credit Guarantee Corporations)

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    Foreclosure properties sold at Japanese judicial auctions are delivered to buyers with an unclear title when occupants exist, because the foreclosure laws protect occupants from compulsory execution of auctions. The existence of occupants theoretically affects the auction price through two channels. First, it affects the reserve price, and this changes in auction price. Second, the number of bidders changes in response to changes in the reserve price that is controlled by occupants, and this changes the auction price. Using data from the Osaka District Court, we empirically find that the existence of occupants in properties reduces the auction price through two channels.

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    Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-593.

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    Length: 22pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2008cf593
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