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Information Transparency in Public Procurement: How it Works in Russian Regions

  • Anna Balsevich

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    (Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics)

  • Svetlana Pivovarova

    (Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics)

  • Elena Podkolzina

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    (Ph.D. in economics, Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics)

Transparency is often prescribed as a cure for almost all the diseases of modern society, but it is not quite clear why and how it might solve certain problems. In the paper we explore how transparency of the public procurement system in Russian regions is correlated with competition, corruption, and control, key factors that influence outcomes of procurement procedures. Using publicly available information, we construct several indicators that measure availability and usability of different types of information presented on regional public procurement websites. Indices based on these indicators show significant differences in transparency levels between Russian regions. In the empirical part of the paper we show that the transparency of information is significantly and negatively correlated with the level of corruption in the region and increases the utilization of control mechanisms in Russian public procurement. We also show that more transparent systems are associated with higher levels of competition.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 01/EC/2011.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Economics / EC, October 2011, pages 1-33
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:01/ec/2011
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