# 13-117/VIII (2013-08-15)

Author(s)
Vincent A.C. van den Berg, VU University Amsterdam
Keywords:
Tender auction, existing operators, Advantaged bidder, Price auction
JEL codes:
D43, D44, L13, L51

Consider a government tendering a facility, such as an airport or utility, where one bidder owns a competing facility. With a "standard auction", this "existing operator" bids above the auctioned facility's expected profit, as winning means being a monopolist instead of a duopolist. This auction leads to an unregulated outcome which hurts welfare. A consumer-price auction can alleviate this problem. With complementing facilities, the existing operator offers a price below marginal cost and is more likely to win than other bidders; with substitutes, it is less likely to win. Often, the advantaged bidder always wins, eliminating competition for the field.