Frontiers in spectrum auction design

Martin Bichler, Jacob K. Goeree

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Spectrum auction design has seen number innovations in the recent years. Regulators have used various types of combinatorial auction formats including simple ascending combinatorial clock auctions and first-price sealed-bid combinatorial auctions. The Simultaneous Multi-Round Auction (SMRA) and the two-stage Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) are the most wide-spread auction formats for spectrum sales to date. We provide an accessible overview of strategic problems in these auction formats and summarize research challenges in this field for a broader audience of readers in industrial organization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-391
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Organization
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Auction theory
  • Market design
  • Spectrum auction


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