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A Proxy Bidding Mechanism that Elicits all Bids in an English Clock Auction Experiment

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  • Engelmann, Dirk
  • Wolfstetter, Elmar G.

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This paper reconsiders experimental tests of the English clock auction. We point out why the standard procedure can only use a small subset of all bids, which gives rise to a selection bias. We propose an alternative yet equivalent format that makes all bids visible, and apply it to a “wallet auction†experiment. Finally, we test the theory against various alternative hypotheses, and compare the results with those that would have been obtained if one had used the standard procedure. Our results confirm that the standard tests are subject to a significant selection bias.

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  • Engelmann, Dirk & Wolfstetter, Elmar G., 2005. "A Proxy Bidding Mechanism that Elicits all Bids in an English Clock Auction Experiment," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 36, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
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    1. John Kagel & Svetlana Pevnitskaya & Lixin Ye, 2007. "Survival auctions," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 33(1), pages 103-119, October.
    2. Klemperer, Paul, 1998. "Auctions with almost common values: The 'Wallet Game' and its applications," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 42(3-5), pages 757-769, May.
    3. Milgrom, Paul R & Weber, Robert J, 1982. "A Theory of Auctions and Competitive Bidding," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(5), pages 1089-1122, September.
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    Keywords

    English Clock Auctions; Experimental Economics;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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