The Determinants of Price and Quality in Competitively Tendered Contracts
Traditional analysis of the impact of competitive tendering on service provision has focused on costs and prices. Critics have argued that price reductions lead to lower quality. We tested this hypothesis using a two equation econometric model, with data from a panel of 61 cleaning service contracts. The results indicated that while competition reduced price significantly, quality of service was maintained or even enhanced. The effect of competition turned out to be greater on prices than on quality, and the influence of ownership appeared to be negligible on both. The evidence does not support the hypothesis that efficiency gains are traded off for lower quality. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 105 (1995)
Issue (Month): 433 (November)
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