How to Auction a Bottleneck Monopoly When Underhand Vertical Agreements are Possible

29 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2004

See all articles by Eduardo M. R. A. Engel

Eduardo M. R. A. Engel

Yale University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alexander Galetovic

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; University of Padua - CRIEP

Ronald D. Fischer

University of Chile - Center of Applied Economics (CEA)

Abstract

A seaport is awarded in a Demsetz auction to the operator bidding the lowest cargo-handling fee. The competitive auction is irrelevant if the port operator integrates into shipping and sabotages competitors, thus providing a motive for a ban on vertical integration. The paper shows that such a ban increases welfare even when underhand agreements with shippers are possible. For this result to attain, the auction must be combined with a sufficiently high floor on the cargo-handling fee that operators can bid in the auction. With no floor, a Demsetz auction is worse than an unregulated bottleneck monopoly.

Suggested Citation

Engel, Eduardo M. and Galetovic, Alexander and Fischer, Ronald D., How to Auction a Bottleneck Monopoly When Underhand Vertical Agreements are Possible. Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 427-455, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=595101

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Alexander Galetovic

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez ( email )

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University of Padua - CRIEP ( email )

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Ronald D. Fischer

University of Chile - Center of Applied Economics (CEA) ( email )

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