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The simple economics of white elephants

Juan José Ganuza () and Gerard Llobet
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Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract: This paper shows that the concession model discourages firms from acquiring information about the future profitability of a project. Uninformed contractors carry out good and bad projects because they are profitable in expected terms even though it would have been optimal to invest in screening them out according to their value. White elephants are identified as avoidable negative net present-value projects that are nevertheless undertaken. Institutional arrangements that limit the losses that firms can bear exacerbate this distortion. We characterize the optimal concession contract, which fosters the acquisition of information and achieves the first best by conditioning the duration of the concession to the realization of the demand and includes payments for not carrying out some projects.

Keywords: Concession contracts; information acquisition; flexible-term concessions. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D82 D86 H21 L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cta, nep-mic, nep-ore, nep-ppm and nep-reg
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