Economic Insights from Internet Auctions: A Survey
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER Working Paper No. w10076
This paper surveys recent studies of Internet auctions. Four main areas of research are summarized. First, economists have documented strategic bidding in these markets and attempted to understand why sniping, or bidding at the last second, occurs. Second, some researchers have measured distortions from asymmetric information due, for instance, to the winner's curse. Third, we explore research about the role of reputation in online auctions. Finally, we discuss what Internet auctions have to teach us about auction design.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Date posted: November 16, 2003