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Following the successful PCS Auction conducted by the US Federal Communications Commission in 1994, auctions have replaced traditional ways of allocating valuable radio spectrum, a key resource for any mobile telecommunications operator. Spectrum auctions have raised billions of dollars worldwide and have become a role model for market-based approaches in the public and private sectors. The design of spectrum auctions is a central application of game theory and auction theory due to its importance in industry and the theoretical challenges it presents. Several auction formats have been developed with different properties addressing fundamental questions about efficiently selling multiple objects to a group of buyers. This comprehensive handbook features classic papers and new contributions by international experts on all aspects of spectrum auction design, including pros and cons of different auctions and lessons learned from theory, experiments, and the field, providing a valuable resource for regulators, telecommunications professionals, consultants, and researchers.


'This superb Handbook is a milestone in the progress of market design. It's a comprehensive analysis of designs, implementation, experimental testing, and bidding experience in auctions and similar markets for spectrum licenses. The authors achieved remarkable success in many auctions after the initial FCC auction began worldwide efforts to allocate licenses more efficiently via market mechanisms. The distinguished contributors report their solutions to difficult problems, the resulting performance, and remaining challenges.'

Robert Wilson - Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Stanford University

'The papers in this volume highlight both the theoretical and the practical issues that arise in spectrum auctions. The book includes contributions from many of the world's leading economists, game theorists, optimizers, and computer scientists. Anyone interested in the practical application of market design and resource allocation will find this text an important reference.'

Karla Hoffman - George Mason University, Virginia

'Bichler and Goeree, both important contributors to the field, have curated an exceptional Handbook, which will be an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners working on the design of auctions and secondary exchanges for spectrum and other applications with complex interdependencies.'

Peter Bossaerts - Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne

'Spectrum auctions are a remarkable example of ‘technology transfer’ from research to practice, with beautiful theoretical ideas informing current auction designs that regularly generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue. Bichler and Goeree have masterfully assembled the ‘greatest hits’ of this literature, ranging from the early papers that laid the foundations to the latest developments on the 2016 FCC Incentive Auction.'

Tim Roughgarden - Stanford University

'This Handbook is the answer to my search for a truly wholistic view on auction designs and will be an extremely valuable resource for consultations with regulatory authorities as well as bid strategy preparations.'

Matthias Leonhard - DT Spectrum Projects, Deutsche Telekom

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