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Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions

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  • Jonathan Levin

    (Stanford University)

  • Susan Athey

    (Harvard University)

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Set-asides and subsidies are used extensively in government procurement and natural resource sales. Economic theory is ambiguous on how such policies affect both auction participation and auction prices. We study the use of these policies, targeted at small businesses, in the context of U.S. Forest Service timber auctions. Empirically, the decline in large bidders at set-aside auctions is matched by an increase in smaller bidders, with only slight revenue effects. We then compare the existing set-aside program to a proposed program of small-bidder subsidies. We find that such a change.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 571.

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  1. Susan Athey, 2005. "Comparing Open and Sealed Bid Auctions: Theory and Evidence from Timber Auctions," Theory workshop papers 658612000000000098, UCLA Department of Economics.
  2. Susan Athey & Jonathan Levin, 1999. "Information and Competition in U.S. Forest Service Timber Auctions," Working papers 99-12, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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  1. Rahul Deb & Mallesh Pai, 2013. "Symmetric Auctions," Working Papers tecipa-486, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  2. James W. Roberts & Andrew Sweeting, 2011. "When Should Sellers Use Auctions?," NBER Working Papers 17624, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Nakabayashi, Jun, 2013. "Small business set-asides in procurement auctions: An empirical analysis," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 28-44.
  4. Butler, Jeff & Carbone, Enrica & Conzo, Pierluigi & Spagnolo, Giancarlo, 2013. "Reputation and Entry in Procurement," CEPR Discussion Papers 9651, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Klenio Barbosa & Pierre C. Boyer, 2012. "Discrimination in Dynamic Procurement Design with Learning-by-doing," CESifo Working Paper Series 3947, CESifo Group Munich.
  6. Kirkegaard, René, 2013. "Handicaps in incomplete information all-pay auctions with a diverse set of bidders," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 98-110.
  7. Che, Yeon-Koo & Gale, Ian & Kim, Jinwoo, 2013. "Efficient assignment mechanisms for liquidity-constrained agents," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 659-665.

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