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Comparing Open and Sealed Bid Auctions: Evidence from Timber Auctions

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  • Susan Athey

    (Department of Economics, Stanford University)

  • Jonathan Levin

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    (Stanford University)

  • Enrique Seira

    (Stanford University)

Abstract

We study entry and bidding patterns in sealed bid and open auctions with heterogeneous bidders. Using data from U.S. Forest Service timber auctions, we document a set of systematic effects of auction format: sealed bid auctions attract more small bidders, shift the allocation towards these bidders, and can also generate higher revenue. We show that a private value auction model with endogenous participation can account for these qualitative effects of auction format. We estimate the model's parameters and show that it can explain the quantitative effects as well. Finally, we use the model to provide an assessment of bidder competitiveness, which has important consequences for auction choice.

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Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 08-012.

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