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Public Procurement of Homogeneous Goods: the Czech Republic Case Study

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The goal of this paper is to show how institutional and procedural characteristics affect the final price of the public procurement. In order to get comparable prices, only public procurement of homogeneous goods is analyzed. Presented model attempts to explain the variation in unit price as a function of price estimated by the contracting authority, market price and characteristic of procurement procedure – type of procedure, number of bidders and use of electronic auction. We find that the final price in the electricity and natural gas public procurement is more sensitive to purchaser’s estimate than to actual market price. At the same time, we identify that the final price is reduced by using open procedure, electronic auction or attracting more competitors.

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  • Jan SOudek & Jiri Skuhrovec, 2013. "Public Procurement of Homogeneous Goods: the Czech Republic Case Study," Working Papers IES 2013/05, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised May 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:wpaper:wp2013_05
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    public procurement; homogeneous goods; energy markets;

    JEL classification:

    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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