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An experimental analysis of auctions with interdependent valuations

  • Kirchkamp, Oliver


    (Sonderforschungsbereich 504)

  • Moldovanu, Benny


    (Department of Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany)

We study experiments in an auction setting with interdependent valuation. Groups of three players receive private signals and then bid for a single, indivisible item. Valuations for the item differ within groups and depend asymmetrically on a bidder's own and other bidders' signals. Theoretically, the English auction yields efficient allocations, while other standard auction formats fail to do so. Consistent with equilibrium predictions, we find that an English auction yields significantly more efficiency than a second price sealed bid auction. We also study the seller's expected revenue and the bidders expected payoff, and find that the experimental results are close to the theoretical predictions. (JEL C92, D44)

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2000
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Handle: RePEc:xrs:sfbmaa:00-10
Note: Financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, SFB 504, at the University of Mannheim, is gratefully acknowledged.
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