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Public finances and Public Private Partnerships in the European Union


  • Cepparulo, Alessandra
  • Eusepi, Giuseppe
  • Giuriato, Luisa


We analyse the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in order to account for their uneven distribution among the European Union countries and to identify the motivations of the public actor in selecting PPPs. We focus on the fiscal incentives to overcome budget and borrowing constraints, taking also into account of the political features and institutional frameworks of the countries. Using IMF data over the years 1990-2015, we confirm that the state of public finances impacts on the government’s choice of PPPs: financially constrained governments find the PPP option more attractive due to the possibility of off-balance accounting, while high-debt countries reduce the private investors’ interest in PPP. Fiscal rules increased the PPP bias in the pre-crisis period, while the post-crisis reforms and the increased surveillance seem to better discipline PPP employment. PPPs are, also, confirmed to be under the influence of political competition and government’s preferences for current expenditures.

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  • Cepparulo, Alessandra & Eusepi, Giuseppe & Giuriato, Luisa, 2020. "Public finances and Public Private Partnerships in the European Union," MPRA Paper 103918, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:103918

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    PPPs; fiscal incentives; fiscal rules; political competition; EU;
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    JEL classification:

    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt

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