Loss Aversion and Learning to Bid

32 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012

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Dennis Alexis Valin Dittrich

Touro College Berlin; Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

Werner Güth

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; Luiss Guido Carli University

Martin G. Kocher

University of Vienna

Paul Pezanis-Christou

U. of Adelaide School of Economics

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Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

Bidding challenges learning theories. Even with the same bid, experiences vary stochastically: the same choice can result in either a gain or a loss. In such an environment, the question arises of how the nearly universally documented phenomenon of loss aversion affects the adaptive dynamics. We analyse the impact of loss aversion in a simple auction using the experienced‐weighted attraction model of learning. Our experimental results suggest that individual learning dynamics are highly heterogeneous and affected by loss aversion to different degrees. Apart from that, the experiment shows that loss aversion is not specific to rare decision‐making.

Suggested Citation

Dittrich, Dennis Alexis Valin and Güth, Werner and Kocher, Martin G. and Pezanis-Christou, Paul, Loss Aversion and Learning to Bid (April 2012). Economica, Vol. 79, Issue 314, pp. 226-257, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030116 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2011.00892.x

Dennis Alexis Valin Dittrich (Contact Author)

Touro College Berlin ( email )

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Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) ( email )

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Bremen, DE 28215
Germany

Werner Güth

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

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Germany

Luiss Guido Carli University ( email )

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Italy

Martin G. Kocher

University of Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

Paul Pezanis-Christou

U. of Adelaide School of Economics

Adelaide
Australia

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