In the past two decades, telecommunications has turned into a highly competitive industry where companies are competing to buy valuable spectrum. Following the successful Personal Communications Services (PCS) Auction conducted by the US Federal Communications Commission in 1994, auctions have replaced traditional ways of allocating valuable radio spectrum such as comparative hearings (sometimes referred to as ”beauty contests”), or lotteries. In a spectrum auction a government uses an auction to sell the licenses to transmit signals over specific bands of the electromagnetic spectrum and to assign scarce spectrum resources.

The handbook of spectrum auction design will provide a summary of key contributions describing and analyzing important spectrum auction formats and recent developments in this field. The volume will be edited by Martin Bichler (TUM) and Jacob Goeree (UNSW) and published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. A brief outline of the edited volume can be found here.