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Effects of Transparency in Procurement Practices on Government Expenditure: A Case Study of Municipal Public Works

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  • Hiroshi Ohashi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

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This paper examines the e?ect of improved transparency in the bidder quali.cation process, using the experience based on a case study of municipal public work auctions. It reveals that improved transparency reduces procurement cost by a maximum of three percent. This .nding is robust to the concerns of endogeneity, sample selectivity, and distributional assumptions. The bidding-function estimates, combined with features of Japanese procurement system, imply that the improved transparency limits abuse of auctioneer.s discretion, and thus weakens the stability of collusion among bidders.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-548.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2008cf548

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