Centralized Procurement and Delivery Times: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Italy

36 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2021

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Robert Clark

Queen's University

Decio Coviello

HEC Montreal

Adriano De Leverano

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

We study how delivery times and prices for hospital medical devices respond to the introduction of centralized procurement. Our identification strategy leverages a legislative change in Italy that mandated centralized purchases for a sub-set of devices. The statutory centralization generated a reduction in prices and an increase in delivery times for centralized purchases relative to non-centralized purchases. We use data on quantities and on suppliers to discuss the mechanisms potentially underlying our findings.

Keywords: Public Procurement, Centralization, Medical Devices, Delivery Times, Bulk Purchasing

JEL Classification: D44, H51, H57, I18

Suggested Citation

Clark, Robert and Coviello, Decio and De Leverano, Adriano, Centralized Procurement and Delivery Times: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Italy (2021). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 21-063, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3927250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3927250

Robert Clark (Contact Author)

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

Decio Coviello

HEC Montreal ( email )

3000, chemin de la Cote-Saint-Catherine,
montreal, Quebec H2V3P7
Canada

Adriano De Leverano

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
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D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

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