The FCC announced the official close of the Incentive Auction today. Paul had led the design team that created the rules for this auction. Auctionomics, of which Paul is chairman, supplied some of the software used in the auction.
As the FCC explained:
"Bidding in the auction closed on March 30, 2017, repurposing 84 megahertz of spectrum – 70 megahertz for licensed use and another 14 megahertz for wireless microphones and unlicensed use. The auction yielded $19.8 billion in revenue, including $10.05 billion for winning broadcast bidders and more than $7 billion to be deposited to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction."
At the recent meeting of the American Economic Association, Paul Milgrom was featured alongside Atila Abdulkadiroglu explaining the role of the "Economist as Engineer." His videotaped presentation about the engineering challenges in designing the US incentive auction is featured here on the AEA website.
Professor Robert Wilson (Paul's PhD advisor) has been selected as the winner of the 8th BBVA Foundation "Frontiers of Knowledge" Award, in the category of Economics, Finance and Management. The award carries a monetary prize of €400,000. In the short version, Wilson was honored for "pioneering contributions to the analysis of strategic interactions when economic agents have limited and different information about their environment.” In the view of the jury, “his research on auctions, electricity pricing, reputation and dynamic interactions under such informational circumstances was groundbreaking and pervades economic analysis to this day.” A full description of his contribution can be found here.