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NBER Working Papers by Dylan B. Minor

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December 2012Misconduct in Credence Good Markets
with Jennifer Brown: w18608
We examine misconduct in credence good markets with price taking experts. We propose a market-level model in which price-taking experts extract surplus based on the value of their firm's brand and their own skill. We test the predictions of the model using sales complaint data for exclusive and independent insurance agents. We find that exclusive insurance agents working for large branded firms are more likely to be the subject of a justified sales complaint, relative to independent experts, despite doing substantially less business. In addition, more experienced experts attract more complaints per year.
December 2011Selecting the Best? Spillover and Shadows in Elimination Tournaments
with Jennifer Brown: w17639
We consider how past, current, and future competition within an elimination tournament affect the likelihood of selecting the stronger player as the winner. We present a two-stage model that yields the following main results: (1) a shadow effect – the weaker the expected future competitor, the greater the probability that the stronger player wins in the current stage and (2) an effort spillover effect – previous effort reduces the probability that the stronger player wins in the current stage. We test our theory predictions using data from high-stakes tournaments and betting markets. Empirical results suggest that shadow and spillover effects influence match outcomes.

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