This course will use the theoretical and empirical tools of economics to study auctions, which are one way of buying and selling goods (or services). The course begins with a consideration of optimal bidding in different types of auctions. We will explore how to design auction rules that maximize the seller's revenue, or minimize the buyer's cost (such as in the case of government procurement). We will also study how to design auction rules that improve efficiency by reducing collusion by bidders. The course will conclude by using econometrics to analyze "real-world" auction data to estimate preferences and cost distributions; to determine optimal reserve prices; and to answer some questions related to auction design. Familiarity with computer programming/estimation, such as with MATLAB, R, or Julia, will be helpful. Prerequisites: Econ 4011 and Econ 413 or Econ 413W.
Course Attributes: AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC; EN S