Quotation Spitzer, Florian. 2015. Product Testing in Markets for Experience Goods. Economic Science Association European meeting, Heidelberg, Deutschland, 02.09.-05.09.




We study a product testing institution within a market for experience goods. Buyers can buy the good immediately, leave the market without buying, or pay a cost to get a noisy signal about the quality of the seller with whom they are matched. We show the existence (for some parameter constellations) of a mixed perfect Bayesian equilibrium in which sellers provide high quality with a positive probability and buyers mix between buying immediately and acquiring information. The mixed equilibrium is more efficient than the equilibrium without institutions, in which all sellers provide low quality and all buyers leave the market. The existence of the mixed equilibrium depends on the precision and cost of the signal. We test the comparative statics of our model in the laboratory by varying the precision and the cost of the signal as a treatment condition.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Product Testing in Markets for Experience Goods
Event Economic Science Association European meeting
Year 2015
Date 02.09.-05.09.
Country Germany
Location Heidelberg


Spitzer, Florian (Former researcher)
Department of Economics (Sausgruber) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5311 Public finance (Details)
5953 Game theory (Details)
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