Stochastic Synergies in Sequential Auctions
Dakshina G. De Silva
Department of Economics, Lancaster University Management School
Thomas D. Jeitschko
Michigan State University - Department of Economics
University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics
We consider sequential construction contracts in which bidders may benefit from one auction to the next due to synergistic tasks across the projects auctioned. Theoretical considerations indicate that winners in the former auctions are more likely to participate in latter auctions. Moreover, conditional on participation, past winners place lower bids, on average, and are so more likely to win in later auctions. We present evidence in support of these predictions using sequential construction auctions conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: Sequential auctions, synergies, multi-unit auctions, procurement auctions
JEL Classification: D44
Date posted: November 12, 2004
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