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Determining the Optimal Length of Regulatory Guarantee: A Length‐of‐contract Auction

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  • Thomas Greve
  • Michael G. Pollitt

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We present an auction design to be used in the area of procurement that allows the length of the regulatory funding period to be determined via an auction. It allows bidders to submit bids against a payment for periods of varying lengths, say 25 and 30 years, instead of a fixed 20‐year contract. This can be desirable for securing more favourable terms in financial markets. It yields efficiency and delivers the optimal length of contract, defined as where social value is maximised. The auction is applicable to any infrastructure investment such as energy, transportation or any area that uses contracts.

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  • Thomas Greve & Michael G. Pollitt, 2017. "Determining the Optimal Length of Regulatory Guarantee: A Length‐of‐contract Auction," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 127(605), pages 325-333, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:econjl:v:127:y:2017:i:605:p:f325-f333
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    1. Paul Klemperer, 2010. "The Product-Mix Auction: A New Auction Design for Differentiated Goods," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 8(2-3), pages 526-536, 04-05.
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    1. Greve, Thomas & Teng, Fei & Pollitt, Michael G. & Strbac, Goran, 2018. "A system operator’s utility function for the frequency response market," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 231(C), pages 562-569.

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects

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