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Inter-municipal Cooperation in Public Procurement

Giampaolo Arachi (), Debora Assisi (), Berardino Cesi (), Michele Giuranno and Felice Russo ()
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Giampaolo Arachi: Università del Salento
Debora Assisi: Università di Bari
Berardino Cesi: DEF, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", http://www.ceistorvergata.it
Felice Russo: Università del Salento

No 548, CEIS Research Paper from Tor Vergata University, CEIS

Abstract: This paper assesses the effects of intermunicipal cooperation on public procurement (PP) performance, based on the Italian experience. We estimate a fixed effect regression model using a sample of 50,905 Italian public works contracts awarded both by municipalities and by municipal unions (MU) from 2012 to 2021. Results prove MU are more efficient than single municipalities at the execution, rather than the winning stage, of the tender. Public tenders awarded by MU show lower winning rebates, shorter delivery delays and, for less complex works, lower final execution extra costs. Furthermore, we investigate whether intergovernmental transfers may enhance PP performance.

Keywords: Public procurement; centralization; local cooperation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 H57 H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2022-12-19, Revised 2022-12-19
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