New Ways to Measure Institutionalised Grand Corruption in Public Procurement

U4 Brief: October 2014:9, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Bergen, Norway.

4 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2014

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Mihaly Fazekas

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science

István János Tóth

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS)

Date Written: October 27, 2014

Abstract

Public procurement, one of the largest areas of public spending worldwide, gives public officials wide discretion. It is therefore unsurprising that it is also one of the government functions most often vulnerable to corruption. While there have been many qualitative accounts of high-level corruption in public contracting, it is only recently that quantitative indicators have become available. By making use of big data generated by governments on contracts, companies, and individuals, it is possible to develop a new generation of quantitative indicators which can be used to guide policy intervention and support control of corruption.

Keywords: high-level corruption, measurement, public procurement, spending efficiency

JEL Classification: D72, D73, H57

Suggested Citation

Fazekas, Mihaly and Tóth, István János, New Ways to Measure Institutionalised Grand Corruption in Public Procurement (October 27, 2014). U4 Brief: October 2014:9, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Bergen, Norway.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519385

Mihaly Fazekas (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science ( email )

Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

István János Tóth

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) ( email )

Budapest
Hungary

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