Third-Party Opportunism and the Nature of Public Contracts

31 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012

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Marian W. Moszoro

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH); International Monetary Fund (IMF); George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES)

Pablo T. Spiller

University of California, Berkeley - Business & Public Policy Group

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Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

The lack of flexibility in public procurement design and implementation reflects public agents' political risk adaptation to limit hazards from opportunistic third parties - political opponents, competitors, interest groups - while externalizing the associated adaptation costs to the public at large. Reduced flexibility limits the likelihood of opportunistic challenge lowering third parties' expected gains and increasing litigation costs. We provide a comprehensible theoretical framework with empirically testable predictions.

Suggested Citation

Moszoro, Marian W. and Spiller, Pablo T., Third-Party Opportunism and the Nature of Public Contracts (December 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18636, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192809

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