Public Procurement Leverage with SMEs: The Case of the Electronic Marketplace of the Italian Government (Il Public Procurement come stimolo alle PMI: Il caso del Mercato Elettronico della Pubblica Amministrazione Italiana)

Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX 2014

Posted: 25 Mar 2017

See all articles by Gian Luigi Albano

Gian Luigi Albano

Consip S.p.A. - The National Central Purchasing Body; LUISS "G. Carli", Department of Economics and Finance

Federico Antellini Russo

LUISS Guido Carli University

Roberto Zampino

Consip S.p.A/Consip ltd. (The National Central Purchasing Body)

Date Written: September 30, 2014

Abstract

While e-procurement is widely advocated as an effective tool to promote participation of SMEs in public procurement markets, little evidence exists as to what factors may influence the allocation of contracts to differently sized firms. We analyze transactions – below the EU-thresholds – that took place on the Italian e-marketplace. Although micro suppliers are the most represented group, evidence suggests the largest suppliers display the highest success rates in getting public contracts. Contract value, loyalty and geographical location of players also emerge as relevant factors of success, proving that some features of “physical” procurement are mirrored in the “virtual” markets.

Keywords: public procurement, e-procurement, small and medium enterprises, firms’ performance

JEL Classification: D47, H57, L11, L25, L81

Suggested Citation

Albano, Gian Luigi and Antellini Russo, Federico and Zampino, Roberto, Public Procurement Leverage with SMEs: The Case of the Electronic Marketplace of the Italian Government (Il Public Procurement come stimolo alle PMI: Il caso del Mercato Elettronico della Pubblica Amministrazione Italiana) (September 30, 2014). Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX 2014 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940283

Gian Luigi Albano

Consip S.p.A. - The National Central Purchasing Body ( email )

Via Isonzo, 19/E
Rome, 00198
Italy
+39 06 85449.627 (Phone)

LUISS "G. Carli", Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Via O. Tommasini 1
Rome, Roma 00100
Italy

Federico Antellini Russo

LUISS Guido Carli University ( email )

Via O. Tommasini 1
Rome, Roma 00100
Italy

Roberto Zampino (Contact Author)

Consip S.p.A/Consip ltd. (The National Central Purchasing Body) ( email )

Research Unit
Via Isonzo, 19/E
Roma, RM 00198
Italy

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