Bramsen, Jens-Martin (2008): Learning to bid, but not to quit – Experience and Internet auctions.
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A classic argument in economics is that experience in the market place will eliminate mistakes and cognitive biases. Internet auctions are a popular market were some bidders gather extensive experience. In a unique data set from a Scandinavian auction site I question if and what bidders learn. At face value experienced bidders do adapt better bidding strategies. However, the so-called pseudo-endowment eﬀect does not disappear. Regardless of their experience, bidders will be inclined to increase their willingness to pay as a response to having had “ownership” (the leading bid) before being outbid. Thus, this data can conﬁrm that feedback, and especially negative feedback, seems to be a critical component in learning.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Learning to bid, but not to quit – Experience and Internet auctions|
|Keywords:||Experience, Learning, Internet auctions, Reference-Dependent Preferences, Endowment Eﬀect, Bidding behavior, eBay.|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D12 - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D44 - Auctions
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
|Depositing User:||Jens-Martin Bramsen|
|Date Deposited:||24. Apr 2009 00:42|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 08:42|
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