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Price differences between successive auctions are no anomaly

de Meza, David ORCID: 0000-0002-5638-8310 and Black, Julia ORCID: 0000-0002-5838-3265 (1992) Price differences between successive auctions are no anomaly. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 1 (4). pp. 607-628. ISSN 1058-6407

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1430-9134.1992.00607.x


Identical cases of wine are often auctioned one immediately after another. Ashenfelter (1989) reports that on average, the later lots fetch less. Such a systematic price difference seems anomalous, the more so because it is shown here that rational expectations imply not equal, but rising, prices. Risk aversion is an obvious way of reconciling the evidence with rational behavior. There is an alternative explanation. The auctions observed by Ashenfelter involved a buyer's option, whereby the first-round winner could purchase further cases at the same price. It is shown that this feature may both account for the observed price trajectory and raise seller revenue.

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Additional Information: © 1992 Blackwell
Divisions: Law
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 11:33
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:33

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