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Barriers towards foreign firms in international public procurement markets: a review

Chiara Carboni, Elisabetta Iossa and Gianpiero Mattera
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Chiara Carboni: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Gianpiero Mattera: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 2018, vol. 45, issue 1, 85-107

Abstract: Abstract The international dimension of public procurement has gained in importance in the last decade and has attracted the attention of economist and policy makers. A number of trade agreements were signed with the intention to remove barriers to procurement markets and favour entry of foreign firms and products. However, empirical evidence shows that, despite the existence of trade agreements, discrimination towards foreign firms still applies in a number of countries around the world. In this paper, we present the methodologies used in the economic literature for the identification of overt and covert barriers to public tenders and discuss the importance of collecting high quality data for meliorating the ability of international traders to detect procurement barriers.

Keywords: Discrimination in public procurement; International trade; Procurement barriers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 H57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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