Local Public Procurement Regulations: The Case of Italy
International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 43, pp. 209–226, 2015
36 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019
Date Written: 2015
Regional and local authorities award 54% of the public works contracts submitted to the Authority for the Supervision of Public Contracts. This paper analyses the regulations adopted in the period 2000–2010 in all Italian regions and a sample of provinces and municipalities and shows how highly pervasive they are. In some cases they had positive effects that served the specific needs of the territory; in others, an anti-competitive orientation prevailed, with extra costs for the contracting authorities and less efficient allocation of resources. The paper’s policy recommendations include: (i) greater coordination of reforms between the central and the local levels;(ii) an enhanced role for the sector authorities;(iii)improvements in national regulations so that the regional and local authorities have less of an interest in modifying them; (iv) greater transparency and better information quality.
Keywords: Infrastructure, Auctions, Regulation
JEL Classification: K23, L51, L90
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