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A Theory of Jump Bidding in Ascending Auctions

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  • R. Mark Isaac

    (Florida State University)

  • Timothy C. Salmon

    (Florida State University)

  • Arthur Zillante

    (Florida State University)

Abstract

Jump bidding is a commonly observed phenomenon that involves bidders in ascending auctions submitting bids higher than required by the auctioneer. Such behavior is typically explained as due to irrationality or to bidders signaling their value. We present field data that suggests such explanations are unsatisfactory and construct an alternative model in which jump bidding occurs due to strategic concerns and impatience. We go on to examine the impact of jump bidding on the outcome of ascending auctions in an attempt to resolve some policy disputes in the design of ascending auctions.

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  • R. Mark Isaac & Timothy C. Salmon & Arthur Zillante, 2004. "A Theory of Jump Bidding in Ascending Auctions," Game Theory and Information 0404002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    auction theory; ascending auctions; jump bidding;

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    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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