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What impact does antitrust intervention have on competition? The case of public drug procurement in Russia

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  • Maria Ostrovnaya

    () (Center for Institutional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Elena Podkolzina

    () (Ph.D. in economics, Senior Researcher in the Center for Institutional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics)

Abstract

In this paper we study antitrust intervention in long-term relationships between public procurer and his preferred supplier in one of the Russian regions. We presume that antitrust control of auctions held by affiliated procurer increases the risks of implementing long-term relationships with his preferred supplier. However we found out that after the intervention of antitrust agency the number of bidders in the auctions increased, but relative contract prices remained the same. We argue that procurer and preferred bidder invited firm with passive bidding strategy to decrease the risks of antitrust punishment. Thereby, antitrust intervention led to fake competition, but not to honest non-corrupt behavior in public auctions

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  • Maria Ostrovnaya & Elena Podkolzina, 2013. "What impact does antitrust intervention have on competition? The case of public drug procurement in Russia," HSE Working papers WP BRP 32/EC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:32/ec/2013
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    1. Anna Balsevich & Elena Podkolzina, 2014. "Indicators Of Corruption In Public Procurement: The Example Of Russian Regions," HSE Working papers WP BRP 76/EC/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    public auctions; antitrust policy; pharmaceuticals; Russia.;

    JEL classification:

    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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