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Concorrenza e trasparenza nel mercato delle opere pubbliche locali: un'indagine empirica


  • Cristina Fabrizi
  • Piero Casadio
  • Roberto Cullino
  • Chiara Bentivogli


Competition and transparency in public procurement: a survey - Italy suffers of a chronic lack of modern infrastructures. The market for public works is as a whole not transparent and inefficient in terms of costs and time of completion of the works; greater competition could improve the situation. The limitations to greater competition in the market for public works are manifold: i) asymmetric information, which has strong effects on the procedures for the firms’ choice and on works contracts; ii) barriers to entry, due to the fragmented supply structure (many small firms) operating in segmented local markets. The analysis, based on direct surveys on local authorities and construction firms, highlights additional problems: i) the fragmentation of demand for local public works; very often the small local authorities do not have project expertise and the ability of implementing the necessary coordination with other local authorities; ii) an inefficient public monitoring on work progress; iii) a lack of reputational requirements, that take into account past behaviour, for the potential public works producers. JEL: D44, D74, D81, H54, H57 Keywords: public procurement, asymmetric information

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  • Cristina Fabrizi & Piero Casadio & Roberto Cullino & Chiara Bentivogli, 2007. "Concorrenza e trasparenza nel mercato delle opere pubbliche locali: un'indagine empirica," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2007(2), pages 71-103.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2007-002005

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    1. Anna Peta, 2017. "Public works procurement in the new code: a legal and economic assessment of the main measures," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 400, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Chiara D'Alpaos & Michele Moretto & Paola Valbonesi, 2008. "Optimal penalty for investment delay in public procurement contracts," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0074, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    3. Bentivogli, Chiara & Casadio, Piero & Cullino, Roberto, 2010. "I problemi nella realizzazione delle opere pubbliche: le specificità del Mezzogiorno," MPRA Paper 29385, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement


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