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Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar - Prof. Schmitz

Public-Private Partnerships versus Traditional Procurement: An Experimental Investigation

Eva I. Hoppe, David J. Kusterer, and Patrick W. Schmitz

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 89, 2013, 145-166.

Abstract. A government agency wants an infrastructure-based public service to be provided. Our experimental study compares two different modes of provision. In a public-private partnership, the two tasks of building the infrastructure and operating it are delegated to one private contractor (a consortium), while under traditional procurement, these tasks are delegated to separate contractors. We find support for the theoretical prediction that, compared to traditional procurement, a public-private partnership provides stronger incentives to make cost-reducing investments (which may increase or decrease service quality). In two additional treatments, we study governance structures which explicitly take subcontracting within the private consortia into account.

The working paper version is available for download (CEPR Discussion Paper 8167).

The paper is available for download.