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A Contest Model of Liberalizing Government Procurements

  • Ngo Van Long


    (Department of Economics, McGill University, Montreal)

  • Frank StŠhler


    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

This paper models government procurements as a contest among domestic firms, and - in case of liberalization - domestic and foreign firms. Liberalizing procurements reduces wasteful domestic lobbying but also increases the likelihood that a foreign firm will capture the rent. We show that the domestic welfare change is not monotonic in the foreign firmsÕ abilities. Domestic welfare increases only if the gross surplus generated by foreign firms is sufficiently large. Furthermore, we show that, from the global welfare point of view, domestically optimal liberalization policies can be either excessive or too restrictive.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0803.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
Date of revision: Jan 2008
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0803
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