Detecting Large-Scale Collusion in Procurement Auctions
53 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2014
Date Written: May 28, 2014
This paper documents evidence of widespread collusion among construction firms using a novel dataset covering most of the construction projects procured by the Japanese national government from 2003 to 2006. By examining rebids that occur for auctions when all (initial) bids fail to meet the reserve price, we identify collusion using ideas similar to regression discontinuity. We identify about 1,000 firms whose conduct is inconsistent with competitive behavior. These bidders were awarded about 7,600 projects, or close to one fifth of the total number of construction projects in our sample. The value of these projects totals about $8.6 billion.
Keywords: Collusion, Procurement Auctions, Antitrust
JEL Classification: D44, H57, K21, L12
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