Auctioning Monopoly Franchises: Award Criteria and Service Launch Requirements
30 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2009
Date Written: June 24, 2009
We study the competition to acquire the exclusive right to operate an infrastructure service, by comparing two different specifications for the financial proposals - 'lowest price to consumers' vs 'highest concession fee', and two alternative contractual arrangements: a contract which imposes the obligation to immediately undertake the investment required to operate the concessioned service and a contract which simply assigns to the winning bidder the right to supply the market at a date of her choosing. By comparing the returns of these alternative award criteria and concessioning conditions, we show that concessioning without imposing rollout time limits may or may not provide a higher expected social value, depending on the bidding rule used to allocate the contract. In turn, the relative advantages of each award criterion are affected by the concessioning conditions.
Keywords: concessions, auctions, award criteria, service rollout time limits
JEL Classification: L51, D44, D92
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