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Public-private partnerships: Task interdependence and contractibility

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  • Chen, Bin R.
  • Chiu, Y. Stephen

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We examine the proper scope of public-private partnerships in the context of a project consisting of two tasks, building and operation of a facility. We investigate the optimal arrangement regarding bundling versus unbundling and private ownership versus public ownership. Like Bennett and Iossa (2006), we assume that the innovative activity in the building stage has impacts on, among other things, the subsequent operational cost. We relax the nature of task interdependence and study different contractual frameworks. The general insight is that given limitations in contractibility, contrary to common sense, complementarity between tasks favors unbundling over bundling.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 28 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 591-603

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Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:28:y:2010:i:6:p:591-603

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Keywords: Complementarity Substitutability Incomplete contracts Public-private partnership;

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Cited by:
  1. Hoppe, Eva I & Kusterer, David J & Schmitz, Patrick W, 2010. "Public-private partnerships versus traditional procurement: An experimental investigation," CEPR Discussion Papers 8167, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. 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.
  3. Schmitz, Patrick W., 2012. "Job design with conflicting tasks reconsidered," MPRA Paper 36914, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Antonio García-Lorenzo, 2014. "Cooperación público-privada en la prestación de servicios públicos: el conflicto entre la flexibilidad y la incertidumbre," SERMED 2014 Conference Papers p08, Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social.
  5. Schmitz, Patrick W., 2013. "Public Procurement in Times of Crisis: The Bundling Decision Reconsidered," MPRA Paper 53712, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Maija Halonen, 2010. "Nature of human capital, technology and ownership of public goods," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 10/243, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  7. Schmitz, Patrick W, 2010. "Should a principal hire one agent or two agents to perform two sequential tasks?," CEPR Discussion Papers 7976, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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