Auction politics are not all they seem

Auction politics are not all they seem

The cold, hard stats show that if you want to win at a property auction, just keep throwing in more bids than anyone else

One of the most exciting areas in economics is behavioural economics, where commerce and finance meet psychology. People researching the discipline conduct every manner of experiment about preferences and often look at how people act versus how they ought to act if classical economics held true.

This can be about preferences for discounts or premiums, or how people feel about a loss or a gain, for example. The other week, the Economic and Social Research...

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