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

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Francesco Decarolis

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Cristina Giorgiantonio

Bank of Italy

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Decarolis, Francesco and Giorgiantonio, Cristina, Local Public Procurement Regulations: The Case of Italy (2015). International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 43, pp. 209–226, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3475619

Francesco Decarolis (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Cristina Giorgiantonio

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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