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Evaluating conservation auctions with unknown bidder costs: the Scottish fishing vessel decommissioning program

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  • Schilizzi, Steven
  • Latacz-Lohmann, Uwe

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As an alternative to the more traditional fixed-price schemes, governments can run auctions to purchase environmental services from private agents. Governments have so far chosen the discriminatory price (DP) over the uniform price (UP) format. Theoretical and experimental studies have concluded that the DP usually performs better than the UP in terms of cost-effectiveness. Using field data from two fishing vessel decommissioning auctions in Scotland, we find ambiguous results regarding relative DP and UP performances. A novel approach for estimating the underlying bidder costs shows that bid shading and cost heterogeneity can each determine relative auction performance.

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  • Schilizzi, Steven & Latacz-Lohmann, Uwe, 2012. "Evaluating conservation auctions with unknown bidder costs: the Scottish fishing vessel decommissioning program," 86th Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2012, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 134987, Agricultural Economics Society.
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    1. Messer, Kent D. & Duke, Joshua M. & Lynch, Lori & Li, Tongzhe, 2017. "When Does Public Information Undermine the Efficiency of Reverse Auctions for the Purchase of Ecosystem Services?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 134(C), pages 212-226.

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    Keywords

    Auctions; procurement tenders; conservation; fisheries; buyback schemes; decommissioning; natural resource management; evaluation; experimental economics; Agribusiness; C92; D44; Q22; Q28;

    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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