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Delegation of Contracting in the Private Provision of Public Services

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  • John Bennett
  • Elisabetta Iossa

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We use an incomplete-contract approach to compare contracting out by a public sector agency with the delegation of contracting out to a public-private partnership (PPP) that is a joint venture between private and public sector agents. The PPP maximizes a linear combination of profit and social benefit. Such delegation may be desirable to curb innovations that reduce the cost of provision but also reduce social benefit. Delegation may be undesirable for innovations that increase social benefit but also raise costs. Our results are explained in terms of the shadow cost of public funds and the negotiating stance of the PPP. Copyright Springer 2006

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 29 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 75-92

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:29:y:2006:i:1:p:75-92

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Keywords: delegation; Private Finance Initiative; public private partnership; public service provision; H11; L33;

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  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. Elisabetta Iossa & David Martimort, 2008. "The Simple Micro-Economics of Public-Private Partnerships," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 08/199, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  3. Nucciarelli, Alberto & Sadowski, Bert M. & Achard, Paola O., 2010. "Emerging models of public-private interplay for European broadband access: Evidence from the Netherlands and Italy," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(9), pages 513-527, October.
  4. 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.
  5. Hoppe, Eva I. & Schmitz, Patrick W., 2008. "Public Versus Private Ownership: Quantity Contracts and the Allocation of Investment Tasks," CEPR Discussion Papers 7056, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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