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Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design

Timing and Presentation Effects in Sequential Auctions

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Andersson, Ola and Tommy Andersson (2017). “Timing and Presentation Effects in Sequential Auctions”. Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design 2(1), 39–55. doi.org/10.22574/jmid.2017.12.002

Authors
Ola Andersson, Tommy Andersson

This paper investigates two hitherto unexplored dimensions inherent in online sequential auctions, namely, how the time elapsed between the end of an auction and the end of the next one and the order of presentation on the website affect prices. Using a state-of-the-art-dataset on train-ticket auctions with a particular institutional design feature that enables a causal interpretation of these dimensions, it is demonstrated that both dimensions have a significant impact on price formation in sequential auctions.