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Auction scope, scale and pricing format: Agent-based simulation of the performance of a water quality tender

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by A Hailu, John Rolfe, Jill Windle, R Greiner
Conservation auctions are tender-based mechanisms for allocating contracts among landholders who are intertested in undertaking conservation activities in return for monetary rewards. These auctions have grown in popularity over the last decade. However, the services offered under these auctions can be complex and auction design and implementation features need to be carefully considered if these auctions are to perform well. Computational experiments are key to bed-testing auction design as the bulk of auction theory (as the rest of economic theory) is focused on simple auctions for tractability reasons. This paper presents results from an agent-based modelling study investigating the impact on performance of four auction features: scope of conservation activities in tendered projects; auction budget levels relative to bidder population size (scale effects); endogeneity of bidder participation; and auction pricing rules (uniform versus discriminatory pricing). The results highlight the importance of a careful consideration of scale and scope issues and that policymakers need to consider alternatives to currently used pay-as-bid or discriminatory pricing fromats. Averaging over scope variations, the uniform auction can deliver at least 25% more benefits than the discriminatory auction.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Start Page

80

End Page

87

Number of Pages

8

Start Date

22/01/2010

Finish Date

24/01/2010

ISBN-13

9789896740221

Location

Valencia, Spain

Publisher

INSTICC Press

Place of Publication

Setubal, Portugal

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence

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CQUniversity

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