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An Experimental Test of Flexible Combinatorial Spectrum Auction Formats


Brunner, Christoph; Goeree, Jacob K; Holt, Charles A; Ledyard, John O (2009). An Experimental Test of Flexible Combinatorial Spectrum Auction Formats. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 431, University of Zurich.

Abstract

"This paper reports laboratory experiments that evaluate the performance of a flexible packagebidding format developed by the FCC, in comparison with other combinatorial formats. In general, the interest of policy makers in combinatorial auctions is justified by the laboratory data; when value complementarities are present, package bidding yields improved performance. We find clear differences among the combinatorial auction formats, however, both in terms of efficiency and seller revenue. Notably, the combinatorial clock provides the highest revenue. The FCC’s flexible package bidding format performed worse than the alternatives, which is one of the main reasons why it was not implemented."

Abstract

"This paper reports laboratory experiments that evaluate the performance of a flexible packagebidding format developed by the FCC, in comparison with other combinatorial formats. In general, the interest of policy makers in combinatorial auctions is justified by the laboratory data; when value complementarities are present, package bidding yields improved performance. We find clear differences among the combinatorial auction formats, however, both in terms of efficiency and seller revenue. Notably, the combinatorial clock provides the highest revenue. The FCC’s flexible package bidding format performed worse than the alternatives, which is one of the main reasons why it was not implemented."

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:September 2009
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified:20 Sep 2018 03:25
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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