Bimodal Bidding in Experimental All-Pay Auctions

  title={Bimodal Bidding in Experimental All-Pay Auctions},
  author={Christiane Ernst and Christian Th{\"o}ni},
We report results from experimental first-price, sealed-bid, all-pay auctions for a good with a common and known value. We observe bidding strategies in groups of two and three bidders and under two extreme information conditions. As predicted by the Nash equilibrium, subjects use mixed strategies. In contrast to the prediction under standard assumptions, bids are drawn from a bimodal distribution: very high and very low bids are much more frequent than intermediate bids. Standard risk… CONTINUE READING

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