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Delegation of Contracting in the Private Provision of Public Services

  • John Bennett
  • Elisabetta Iossa

We use an incomplete-contract approach to compare contracting out by a public sector agency with the delegation of contracting out to a public-private partnership(PPP) that is a joint venture between private and sector agents. The PPP maximizes a linear combination of profit and social benefit. Such delegation may be desirable to curb innovations that reduce the coset of provision but also reduce social benefit. Delegation may be undesirable for innovations that increase social benefit but also raise costs. Our results are explained in term of the shadow cost of public funds and the negociating stance of the PPP.

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Paper provided by Economics and Finance Section, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University in its series Economics and Finance Discussion Papers with number 05-15.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bru:bruedp:05-15
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Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK

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