, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 441–442 | Cite as

Combinatorial auctions: theory, experiments, and practice

  • Bart Vangerven
PhD Thesis

This is a summary of the author’s PhD thesis supervised by Frits Spieksma and Dries Goossens. The thesis, presented to obtain a joint-Ph.D. from KU Leuven and Ghent University, was defended on December 18th, 2017 at KU Leuven. The thesis is written in English and is available from the author upon request at and from

This thesis deals with the theory, experiments, and practice of combinatorial auctions. Combinatorial auctions are multi-object auctions that enable bidders to place bids on bundles (sometimes called combinations or packages) of items. This property enables bidders to more fully express their preferences. It is clear that combinatorial auctions make the most sense in environments where bidders have complementary values, i.e. synergies, that arise from the bundling of items. In what follows, we concisely describe the main contributions.

TheoryOne significant theoretical contribution is on the classical winner determination...

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