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Combinatorial auctions for procuring agri-environmental services: a review of some design issues


Iftekhar, S and Hailu, A and Lindner, R, Combinatorial auctions for procuring agri-environmental services: a review of some design issues, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 19, (2) pp. 79-90. ISSN 1448-6563 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2012.678573


Auctions where landholders submit conservation projects for consideration in return for payment have recently gained popularity. Flexible versions of these, combinatorial auctions, which allow for the simultaneous submission of bids on different combinations of projects, have recently been tested for conservation purposes. Combinatorial auctions allow bidders to exploit synergies in the execution of multiple conservation activities while the auction mechanism stimulates competition among potential participants, enabling the auctioneer (or government) to secure a cost-effective set of conservation projects. Combinatorial auctions have the potential to improve outcomes beyond what is possible with the simple auctions explored in trials over the last decade in many parts of Australia. This article reviews the state of the art in the design of combinatorial auctions with a particular focus on conservation auctions. Key design issues identified are the problem of determining the winning bid, pricing formats, and iterative bidding formats where bidders are able to revise their bids before a final selection is made.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:auction designs, combinatorial auctions, complementarity, conservation auctions, ecosystem service payments, market-based instruments
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Agricultural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Iftekhar, S (Dr Md Sayed Iftekhar)
ID Code:83687
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2013-03-20
Last Modified:2013-05-27
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