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Endogenous entry and self-selection in private value auctions: An experimental study

Palfrey, Thomas R. and Pevnitskaya, Svetlana (2008) Endogenous entry and self-selection in private value auctions: An experimental study. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 66 (3). pp. 731-747. ISSN 0167-2681. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2006.06.005.

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This paper presents the results of an experimental study of endogenous entry in first-price independent private value auctions. N potential bidders simultaneously decide whether to participate in an auction or receive a known outside option. In the second stage, entrants submit bids after learning their own private values and the number of entrants. An equilibrium model of heterogeneous risk averse bidders implies a self-selection effect, where bidding in the auction is lower with endogenous entry because only less risk averse bidders enter. This effect is confirmed by the experiment. We also observe excessive entry relative to the theoretical model.

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Additional Information:© 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. We thank Richard Day, John Kagel, Bentley MacLeod, John Morgan, Eric Talley, Quong Vuong, two referees, and seminar participants at Caltech, Ohio State University, Texas A & M University, University of Southern California, and the 2000 Meeting of the Economic Science Association for helpful comments. Financial support was provided by the Hacker Social Science Experimental Laboratory at Caltech and the National Science Foundation (SES-9631627 and SES-0079301). We thank James Walker for sharing data.
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Subject Keywords:Auctions; Experimental economics; Game theory
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