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This paper investigates an implication of the self-serving bias for reciprocal responses. It is hypothesized that negative intentionality matters more than positive intentionality for reciprocating individuals with a self-serving attributional style. Experimental evidence obtained in the hot response game supports this prediction. Subjects are 67% more(More)
Auctions generally do not lead to efficient outcomes when the expected value of the object for sale depends on both private and common value information. We report a series of first-price auction experiments to test three key predictions of auctions with private and common values: (i) inefficiencies grow with the uncertainty about the common value while(More)
This paper considers three alternative ways to sell heterogenous licenses via a first-price format when there is single unit demand. It has been suggested that incorporating a first-price element may bolster competition in this case (Klemperer, 2002). In a controlled laboratory setting, we compare the performance of the simultaneous first-price auction, the(More)
This paper presents an experimental study of a mechanism that is commonly used to sell multiple heterogeneous goods. The novel feature of this procedure is that instead of selling each good in a separate auction, the seller executes a single auction in which buyers, who may be interested in completely different goods, compete for the right to choose a good.(More)
A substantial body of empirical literature provides evidence for overreaction in markets. Past losers outperform past winners in stock markets as well as in sports markets. Two hypotheses are consistent with this observation. First, the recency hypothesis states that traders overweigh recent information. Thus, they are too optimistic about winners and too(More)
This paper focuses on the process of expectation formation. Specifically, the question is addressed whether individuals think strategically when they form beliefs about other players' behavior. Most belief learning models assume that people abstract from strategic considerations. Using an incentive compatible mechanism, experimental data are o btained on(More)
Auctions used to sell houses often attract a diverse group of bidders, with realtors and speculators out for a bargain competing against buyers with a real interest in the house. Value asymmetries such as these necessitate careful consideration of the auction format as revenue equivalence cannot be expected to hold. From a theoretical viewpoint, Myerson's(More)
We examine the force of three types of behavioral dynamics in quantity-setting triopoly experiments: (1) mimicking the successful firm, (2) rules based on following the exemplary firm, and (3) rules based on belief learning. Theoretically, these three types of rules lead to the competitive, the collusive, and the Cournot-Nash outcome, respectively. In the(More)
Recent theoretical work shows that folk theorems can be developed for infinite overlapping generations games. Cooperation in such games can be sustained as a Nash equilibrium. Besides the efficient cooperative equilibrium there is also the inefficient non-cooperative equilibrium. This paper investigates experimentally whether cooperation actually occurs in(More)