Outsourcing Public Services: Contractibility, Cost, and Quality
Fredrik Andersson (),
Henrik Jordahl () and
Jens Josephson ()
Additional contact information
Fredrik Andersson: Lund University, Postal: Lund University, Department of Economics, Box 117, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden, Sweden, https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/lucat/user/f5c5daa256209df9f713f2648ef1f6de
No 2019:4, Working Papers from Örebro University, School of Business
We review the literature on public sector outsourcing to explore if the theoretical predictions from the incomplete contracts literature hold up to recent empirical evidence. Guided by theory, we arrange services according to the type and magnitude of their contractibility problems. The empirical studies point at rather favourable outsourcing outcomes, in terms of costs and quality, for services without severe contracting problems. The picture is more mixed for services with tougher contracting problems, with the weight of the evidence in favour of public provision. This difference between services is largely in line with the property-rights framework and theories of incomplete contracts.
Keywords: privatization; property rights; publicly provided goods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 H11 L33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cta
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.oru.se/globalassets/oru-sv/institution ... rs2019/wp-4-2019.pdf Full text (application/pdf)
Working Paper: Outsourcing Public Services: Contractibility, Cost, and Quality (2019)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hhs:oruesi:2019_004
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Papers from Örebro University, School of Business Örebro University School of Business, SE - 701 82 ÖREBRO, Sweden. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().