Estimation and Inference of Seller’s Expected Revenue in First-Price Auctions
67 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2022
Date Written: November 29, 2021
I propose an estimator for the seller's expected revenue function in a first-price sealed-bid auction with independent private values and symmetric bidders, who can exhibit constant relative risk aversion and bid according to the Bayesian Nash equilibrium. I build the proposed estimator from pseudo-private values, which can be estimated from observed bids, and show that it is pointwise and uniformly consistent: the corresponding optimal nonparametric rates of convergence can be achieved. Then I construct asymptotically valid confidence intervals and uniform confidence bands. Suggestions for critical values are based on first-order asymptotics, as well as on the bootstrap delta method.
Keywords: first-price auction, seller's expected revenue, counterfactual reserve price, uniform confidence band, bootstrap
JEL Classification: C14, D44
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