Robert F. Easley

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A strategy commonly observed in Internet auctions is that of “jump bidding,” or entering a bid larger than what is necessary to be a currently winning bidder. In this paper, we argue that the cost associated with entering online bids and the uncertainty about future entry—both of which distinguish Internet from live auctions—can explain this behavior. We(More)
A bidding strategy commonly observed in Internet auctions, though not frequently in live auctions, is that of “jump-bidding,” or entering a bid larger than necessary to be a current high bidder. In this paper, we argue that the cost associated with entering on-line bids and the uncertainty concerning bidding competition -both of which distinguish Internet(More)
We show that a model of undifferentiated price competition closely predicts US audit market concentration. Contracting practices, client size distributions and differences in auditor productivity jointly determine audit firms’ market shares. In contrast to prior literature, neither quality differences nor economies of scale for larger firms are necessary in(More)