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Economic Incentives and the Defense Procurement Process

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  • William P. Rogerson

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This paper describes some of the insights that the economic theory of incentives can contribute to defense procurement policy analysis. It describes the underlying incentive problems that shape the defense procurement problem, the nature of current institutions and how they affect actors' behavior, and possible directions for improving the procurement process suggested by viewing it as a solution to a complex set of incentive problems. Incentive problems between government and defense firms and incentive problems within government are both considered.

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  • William P. Rogerson, 1994. "Economic Incentives and the Defense Procurement Process," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 65-90, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:8:y:1994:i:4:p:65-90
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.8.4.65
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    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement

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