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Decomposing the Afternoon Effect: An Empirical Investigation of Sequential Train Ticket Auctions
() and Tommy Andersson
Abstract: The afternoon effect, i.e., that prices in a sequence of
auctions with identical items are decreasing with the order in which the
auctions are terminated, is a frequently observed phenomenon in empirical
auction studies. Using an unsurpassed amount of data from sequential online
train ticket auctions, we investigate two hitherto unexplored dimensions
inherent in sequential auctions, namely, the timing of auction ends and the
presentation order of the auctions in a sequence. We find that both these
dimensions are important for price formation in sequential auctions, but
even when controlling for them, a sizable afternoon effect remains.
Keywords: Sequential auctions; Afternoon effect; Presentation order; Timing; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D02; D44; (follow links to similar papers)
11 pages, October 5, 2015
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