Bidders' Entry and Auctioneer's Rejection: Applying a Double Selection Model to Road Procurement Auctions
26 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 1, 2009
Limited competition has been a serious concern in infrastructure procurement. Importantly, however, there are normally a number of potential bidders initially showing interest in proposed projects. This paper focuses on tackling the question why these initially interested bidders fade out. An empirical problem is that no bids of fading-out firms are observable. They could decide not to enter the process at the beginning of the tendering or may be technically disqualified at any point in the selection process. This paper applies the double selection model to procurement data from road development projects in developing countries and examines why competition ends up restricted. It shows that bidders are self-selective and auctioneers also tend to limit participation depending on the size of contracts. Therefore, limited competition would likely lead to high infrastructure procurement costs.
Keywords: Investment and Investment Climate, Government Procurement, Markets and Market Access, Debt Markets, E-Business
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