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Contracting Out Public Service Provision to Not-For-Profit Firms

  • John Bennett
  • Elisabetta Iossa

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In an incomplete contract setting, we analyze the contracting out of public service provision, comparing the performance of for-profit and not-for-profit private firms. Two institutional arrangements are considered, control rights lying either with the firm as under the UK’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) or the government (as under traditional procurement). We derive the conditions under which provision by not-for-profit firms leads to greater investment and social benefit than provision by for profit firms. The role played by the non-distribution constraint in not-for profit firms and the nature of the investment are emphasized.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 05/124.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:05/124
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  1. Besley, Timothy J. & Ghatak, Maitreesh, 2001. "Government versus Private Ownership of Public Goods," CEPR Discussion Papers 2725, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  9. John Bennett & Elisabetta Iossa & Gabriella Legrenzi, 2003. "The Role of Commercial Non-profit Organizations in the Provision of Public Services," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(2), pages 335-347, Summer.
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