Tippie Research Methods Seminar Series: Boli Xi
Feb 29, 2024
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
21 East Market Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
Boli Xu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Tippie College of Business. He will be discussing "Reserve Price Signaling with Public Information: Evidence from Online Auto Auctions."
Abstract: This paper considers an auction model in which a seller’s choice of reserve price signals her private information about the object’s quality. We show that the signaling incentive would lower the seller’s payoff and the probability of sale. We estimate the model using a novel dataset from a large online auto auction platform. Counterfactual simulations suggest that a secret reserve price could increase the seller's payoff by 4.2% and the probability of sale by 10.0 percentage points.
The Research Methods Seminar Series is presented by the Tippie Research Office in collaboration with the departments of Business Analytics, Economics, and Finance.
Each seminar will present a computational or quantitative research method, possibly along with an application of the method, guidelines for use, and/or ethical considerations. After the presentation there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and to provide feedback on the session, and to share their own research experiences and meet others with similar interests.
This series is a low-pressure, safe place for Tippie faculty and PhD students to learn from each other, share ideas, and seek feedback. We strive to provide a successful introduction to methods, while offering new insights for more experienced researchers.
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