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Design of public procurement auctions: Evidence from cleaning contracts

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  • Ari Hyytinen
  • Sofia Lundberg
  • Otto Toivanen

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We compare beauty contests with first-price sealed-bid and scoring auctions, using data on public procurement of cleaning services in Swedish municipalities. The lowest submitted and winning bids are similar in all auction designs despite a higher price sensitivity of procurement bureaucrats in scoring (and first-price) auctions. There is more entry in beauty contests, by firms favored in them. Reduced entry into the scoring and price only auctions largely explains why the procurement costs are not lowered compared to beauty contests.

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  • Ari Hyytinen & Sofia Lundberg & Otto Toivanen, 2015. "Design of public procurement auctions: Evidence from cleaning contracts," Working Papers of Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, Leuven 483670, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, Leuven.
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    public procurement; auction design; entry; beauty contests; scoring;
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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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