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Small business participation procurement policy: Subcontracting vs Allotment


  • François MARECHAL

    (University of Franche-Comté, CRESE)

  • Pierre-Henri MORAND

    (University of Franche-Comté, CRESE)


Allotment and subcontracting are the two procedures enabling small businesses to participate in procurement. We compare these two procedures in the context of a procurement contract awarded by a first-price sealed-bid auction. We assume that the public buyer wishes to fulfil two different goals: to minimize expected costs of the contract for the public buyer and to maximize small businesses’ profit. We show that, under specific cost-technology conditions we determine, the allotment procedure not only enables extensive participation by small businesses but also can achieve the goal of minimizing expected total costs for the public buyer.

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  • François MARECHAL & Pierre-Henri MORAND, 2012. "Small business participation procurement policy: Subcontracting vs Allotment," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 2012021, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:2012021

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    1. Julie Brux & Claudine Desrieux, 2014. "To allot or not to allot public services? An incomplete contract approach," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 455-476, June.

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    Small Business; Auction; Procurement;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation


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