Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions
AbstractSet-asides and subsidies are used extensively in government procurement and resource sales. We analyze these policies in an empirical model of US Forest Service timber auctions. The model fits the data well both within the sample of unrestricted sales used for estimation, and when we predict (out-of-sample) outcomes for small business set-asides. Our estimates suggest that restricting entry substantially reduces efficiency and revenue, although it increases small business participation. An alternative policy of subsidizing small bidders would increase revenue and small bidder profit, with little efficiency cost. We explain these findings by connecting to the theory of optimal auction design. (JEL D44, H57, L73, Q23)
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
Volume (Year): 5 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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- Susan Athey & Dominic Coey & Jonathan Levin, 2011. "Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions," Discussion Papers 10-017, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
- Jonathan Levin & Susan Athey, 2007. "Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions," 2007 Meeting Papers 571, Society for Economic Dynamics.
- Susan Athey & Dominic Coey & Jonathan Levin, 2011. "Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions," NBER Working Papers 16851, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Auctions
- H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
- L73 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Forest Products
- Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
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