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A Brief Review and Analysis of Spectrum Auctions in Canada

By Martínez-Cid, Wenfei Jiao, and Zeren Zhang

We begin by explaining the importance of efficient spectrum allocation and reviewing Canada’s recent spectrum allocation history. We then use a dataset covering more than 1,200 licenses auctioned from 2001 to 2015 that seeks to account for each auction’s particular rules. Our results confirm that measures of demand such as population covered, income levels, frequency levels, bandwidth, etc. indeed drive license valuation. We also quantify the negative impact on price of setting aside particular license auctions for new entrants, suggesting that the set-aside provision constitutes an implicit subsidy for those firms.

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Advisor: Michelle Connolly | JEL Codes: D44, D45, D47, L51, O33


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