WTP-WTA disparity among competitive and non-competitive subjects - An experimental study

Tal Shavit, Shosh Shahrabani, Uri Benzion

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Recent studies have questioned the existence and interpretation of a possible gap between Willingness-To-Pay (WTP) and Willingness-To-Accept (WTA). The study analyses the bidding patterns in buying and selling lottery tickets that represent financial assets using second price auction, and then tests for the existence of the WTP and WTA gap. It is shown that for lotteries, this gap is not significant for the group of all subjects, but that it may exist for a sub-group of subjects. Subjects were classified according to their degree of competitiveness and a negative gap was found for non-competitive subjects and a positive gap for competitive subjects. These gaps offset each other when the group of all the subjects was used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Financial Economics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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