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Empirical Evidence of Anchoring and Loss Aversion from Art Auctions

Kathryn Graddy (), Lara Loewenstein, Jianping Mei, Mike Moses and Rachel Pownall ()
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Mike Moses: Beautiful Asset Advisors, LLC

No 73, Working Papers from Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School

Abstract: We find evidence for the behavioral biases of anchoring and loss aversion. We find that anchoring is more important for items that are resold quickly, and we find that the effect of loss aversion increases with the time that a painting is held. The evidence in favor of anchoring and loss aversion with this large dataset validates previous results and adds to the empirical evidence a finding of increasing loss aversion with the length a painting is held. We do not find evidence that investors can take advantage of these behavioral biases.

Keywords: anchoring; loss aversion; endowment effect; art auctions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 D44 Z11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2014-06, Revised 2015-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cul and nep-upt
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