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Public-private partnerships from budget constraints: Looking for debt hiding?

Marco Buso, Frédéric Marty () and Phuong Tra Tran

International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2017, vol. 51, issue C, 56-84

Abstract: The use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to realize and operate public infrastructures is often associated with fiscal-circumventing motivations. Using data at the municipal level, this paper investigates whether budget-constrained public authorities adopt PPPs in order to hide public debt. The results show that financial difficulties often lead to a preference for PPPs instead of traditional forms of public procurement, but this behavior is not explained by the possibility of debt-hiding. Explanations for these findings are discussed.

Keywords: Public-private partnership; Debt hiding; Budget constraint (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 C23 H54 L32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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