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Efficiency or Competition? A Structural Analysis of Canada's AWS Auction and the Set-Aside Provision

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  • Kyle Hyndman

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    (Southern Methodist University)

  • Christopher F. Parmeter

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    (University of Miami)

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In 2008 Industry Canada auctioned 105MHz of spectrum to a group of bidders that included incumbents and potential new entrants into the Canadian mobile phone market, raising $4.25 billion. In an effort to promote new entry, 40MHz of spectrum was set-aside for new entrants. We adapt the methodology of Bajari and Fox (2009) to the Canadian auction setting in an effort to estimate the implicit cost (in terms of lower auction efficiency) of this policy. Our results indicate that revenue would have been approximately 10% higher without the set-aside.

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Paper provided by Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 1101.

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Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:smu:ecowpa:1101

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Keywords: Spectrum Auction; Set-Aside; Efficiency;

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  1. Horowitz, Joel L., 2002. "Bootstrap critical values for tests based on the smoothed maximum score estimator," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 141-167, December.
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