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Auctions, Ex Post Competition And Prices: The Efficiency Of Public-Private Partnerships

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  • Eshien Chong
  • Freddy Huet
  • Stéphane Saussier

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Using an original database concerning 1102 French local public authorities in 2001, we explore the relationships between prices charged by private operators in water contracts and ex post competition. We show that prices charged in contracts in which operators are in a monopoly situation throughout the duration of the contract, are not affected by a 'competition effect' between private operators. However, a competition effect between private operators and public management appears to be crucial in explaining prices combined with a 'termination effect', reflecting the fact that the contract is close to being renewed, and hence re-auctioned. Copyright 2006 The Authors Journal compilation � CIRIEC 2006.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics.

Volume (Year): 77 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 521-554

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Cited by:
  1. Hoppe, Eva I & Schmitz, Patrick W, 2010. "Public-private partnerships versus traditional procurement: Innovation incentives and information gathering," CEPR Discussion Papers 7681, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Eva I. Hoppe & David J. Kusterer & Patrick W. Schmitz, 2011. "Public-private partnerships versus traditional procurement: An experimental investigation," Cologne Graduate School Working Paper Series 02-02, Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences.
  3. Iossa, Elisabetta & Rey, Patrick, 2013. "Building Reputation for Contract Renewal: Implications for Performance Dynamics and Contract Duration," CEPR Discussion Papers 9571, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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