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Cost Overrun and Auction Format in Public Works

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  • Alessandro Bucciol

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Ottorino Chillemi

    () (University of Padua)

  • Giacomo Palazzi

    () (Generali group)

Abstract

We study the effect on cost overruns of auction formats (average bid as opposed to first price rule) conditional on the entry mechanisms (open as opposed to restricted participation). The dataset is a panel of auctions held in the Italian Veneto region between 2004 and 2006. It includes small size public projects (with reserve price up to one million euros) in such sectors as road works and building maintenance. It is commonly believed that cost overruns are lower under average bid auctions relative to fi rst price auctions. We fi nd support to this belief only when participation to the auction is restricted.

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  • Alessandro Bucciol & Ottorino Chillemi & Giacomo Palazzi, 2011. "Cost Overrun and Auction Format in Public Works," Working Papers 17/2011, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    1. Luigi Moretti & Paola Valbonesi, 2012. "Subcontracting in Public Procurement: An Empirical Investigation," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0154, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".

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    Keywords

    cost overrun; average bid; first price; free entry; work delays;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement

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