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Contracting for government services : theory and evidence from US cities

Author: Jonathan Levin; Steven Tadelis
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007.
Series: NBER working paper series, 13350.
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Local governments can provide services with their own employees or by contracting with private or public sector providers. We develop a model of this "make-or-buy" choice that highlights the trade-off between productive efficiency and the costs of contract administration. We construct a dataset of service provision choices by U.S. cities and identify a range of service and city characteristics as significant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Levin; Steven Tadelis
OCLC Number: 254142253
Notes: Internetausg.: http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13350.pdf - lizenzpflichtig.
Literaturverz. S. 25 - 26.
Description: 29, [12] S. : graph. Darst.
Series Title: NBER working paper series, 13350.
Responsibility: Jonathan Levin ; Steven Tadelis.

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Local governments can provide services with their own employees or by contracting with private or public sector providers. We develop a model of this "make-or-buy" choice that highlights the trade-off between productive efficiency and the costs of contract administration. We construct a dataset of service provision choices by U.S. cities and identify a range of service and city characteristics as significant determinants of contracting decisions. Our analysis suggests an important role for economic efficiency concerns, as well as politics, in contracting for government services.

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