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Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions

  • Jonathan Levin

    (Stanford University)

  • Susan Athey

    (Harvard University)

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. Milgrom,Paul, 2004. "Putting Auction Theory to Work," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521551847, Junio.
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