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The Simple Micro-Economics of Public-Private Partnerships

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We build on the existing literature in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to analyze the main incentive issues in PPPs and the shape of optimal contracts in those contexts. We present a basic model of procurement in a multi-task environment in which a risk averse firm chooses non-contractible efforts in cost reduction and quality improvement. We first consider the effect on incentives and risk transfer of bundling building and management stages into a single contract, allowing for different assumptions on feasible contracts and information available to the government. Then we extend the model in novel directions. We study the relationship between the operator and its financiers and the impact of private finance. We discuss the trade-off between incentive and exibility in PPP agreements and the dynamics of PPPs, including cost overruns. We also consider how institutions, and specifically the risk of regulatory opportunism, affects contract design and incentives. The conclusion summarizes policy implications on the desirability of PPPs

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 139.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2008
Date of revision: 15 Feb 2013
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:139

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