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Incumbency and Entry in License Auctions: The Anglo-Dutch Auction Meets Other Simple Alternatives

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  • Azacis, Helmuts

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Burguet, Roberto

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The existence of ex-ante strong incumbents may constitute a barrier to entry in auctions for goods such as licenses. Introducing inefficiencies that favor entrants is a way to induce entry and thus create competition. Designs such as the Anglo-Dutch auction have been proposed with this goal in mind. We first show that indeed the Anglo- Dutch auction fosters entry and increases the revenues of the seller. However, we argue that a more eective way could be to stage the allocation of the good so that each stage reveals information about the participants. We show that a sequence of English auctions, with high reserve prices in early rounds, is a procedure with this property that is more efficient than any one-stage entry auction. Moreover, it also dominates the Anglo-Dutch auction in terms of seller's revenues.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2005/11.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Industrial Organization , 26(3), pp. 730-745, May 2008
Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2005/11

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  1. van Bochove, Christiaan & Boerner, Lars & Quint, Daniel, 2012. "Anglo-Dutch premium auctions in eighteenth-century Amsterdam," Discussion Papers 2012/3, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.

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