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Auctioning Incentive Contracts: An Experimental Study

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  • Sander Onderstal

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Arthur Van de Meerendonk

    (Maastricht University)

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In this note, we experimentally examine the relative performance of price-only auctions and multi-attribute auctions. We do so in procurement settings where the buyer can give the winning bidder incentives to exert effort on non-price dimensions after the auction. Both auctions theoretically implement the surplus maximizing mechanism. Our experiment confirms this result. Moreover, we observe that the “pie” is shared the same in both auctions between buyer and suppliers both in theory and in the lab (after accounting for learning effects).

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 09-101/1.

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Date of creation: 13 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20090101

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Keywords: Procurement; Price-only auctions; Multi-attribute auctions; Incentive Contracts; Laboratory Experiment;

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  1. Jeanette Brosig & Timo Heinrich, 2011. "Reputation and Mechanism Choice in Procurement Auctions – An Experiment," Ruhr Economic Papers 0254, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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