Auctions and Electronic Markets
Full course description
In order to satisfy the Econometrics & OR curriculum, you have to choose two of the courses EBC2091, EBC2120, EBC2121, EBC2122 in period 4.
The course is divided into three parts. Part (I) deals with fundamental results on single-item auctions under strong assumptions about the bidders and their preferences. It should not be a surprise that this classical theory is by far not sufficient when designing auctions for real applications. For example, in frequency auctions, like the UMTS auctions in Europe, or in reverse auctions used in procurement, many items are sold at the same time. Furthermore, we may face problems like the winner's curse when there is uncertainty about the valuation of the items sold in an auction. Part (II) gives a detailed insight in such issues and how they can be dealt with. In Part (III), theoretical insights from part (I) and (II) are applied to particular markets for which auctions have been proposed, or are already used. We broaden our knowledge thereby by investigating the interaction between auction design and specific properties of the market. Examples of markets are electric power, highway franchising, emission rights, and listings in online search engines. Each student writes a final paper about one of these markets, in which they make proposals for an auction design in these markets.
- Being familiar with the game theoretic analysis of classical single-item auctions;
- get insight in recent and classical auction literature and learn to interpret the main results;
- be aware of the most important issues of auction design and how they can be addressed in various contexts;
- learn how to set up an auction design for a particular application.
- Exchange students need to major in economics.
- An advanced level of English.