Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 409–431 | Cite as

Information and Auction Performance: A Laboratory Study of Conservation Auctions for Spatially Contiguous Land Management

  • Simanti Banerjee
  • Anthony M. Kwasnica
  • James S. Shortle


Conservation auctions are used by public agencies to procure environmental friendly land uses from private landowners. We present the structure of an iterative conservation auction that ranks bids according to a scoring rule intended to procure spatially adjacent conservation land use projects. Laboratory experiments are conducted to compare the performance of this auction under two information conditions. Under one condition subjects have knowledge about the spatial goal implemented by the scoring rule and in the other case they don’t. The results indicate that rent-seeking is intensified with more information and increased bidder familiarity with the auction. Revealing the spatial information on the other hand has no impact on auction efficiency.


Conservation auctions Ecosystem services Information Lab experiments Spatial contiguity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simanti Banerjee
    • 1
  • Anthony M. Kwasnica
    • 2
  • James S. Shortle
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics, Rice Hall 227Oberlin CollegeOberlinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Risk ManagementPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and EducationPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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