Integrated-Quantile-Based Estimation for First-Price Auction Models

2016-03-18T21:25:37Z (GMT) by Yao Luo Yuanyuan Wan
<p>This article considers nonparametric estimation of first-price auction models under the monotonicity restriction on the bidding strategy. Based on an integrated-quantile representation of the first-order condition, we propose a tuning-parameter-free estimator for the valuation quantile function. We establish its cube-root-<i>n</i> consistency and asymptotic distribution under weaker smoothness assumptions than those typically assumed in the empirical literature. If the latter are true, we also provide a trimming-free smoothed estimator and show that it is asymptotically normal and achieves the optimal rate of Guerre, Perrigne, and Vuong (2000). We illustrate our method using Monte Carlo simulations and an empirical study of the California highway procurement auctions. Supplementary materials for this article are available online.</p>