Cartel stability in experimental first-price sealed-bid and English auctions
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2019-009/VII
41 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2019 Last revised: 1 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 31, 2020
Using laboratory experiments, we compare the stability of bidding rings in the English auction and the first-price sealed-bid auction in a heterogeneous-value setting. In both a re-matching condition and a fixed-matching condition, we observe that biddings rings are more stable in the English auction than in the first-price sealed-bid auction. In both conditions, the first-price sealed-bid auction dominates the English auction in terms of average revenue and the revenue spread. The English auction outperforms the first-price sealed-bid auction in terms of efficiency.
Keywords: Cartel Stability, English Auction, First-Price Sealed-Bid Auction, Laboratory Experiments
JEL Classification: C92, D44, L41
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