Government Contracting with Faith-Based Providers: An Economic Perspective

27 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2006

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Michael J. Rushton

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

This article analyses the policy debate surrounding the possible expansion of government contracting with faith-based providers of social services, from the perspective of recent developments in the economics of contracts. It presents a non-technical introduction to the economic tools used in the study of contracts, in particular the decision faced by governments of whether to provide services in-house or to contract out to a private nonprofit organization. In particular the paper looks at the problems of monitoring the quality of service provision and ensuring fairness in the procurement process. When the analysis is applied to the question of faith-based provision, the conclusion is that monitoring the terms of the contract is less of an issue than the debates that will arise over the distribution of contracts across different faith-based organizations.

Suggested Citation

Rushton, Michael J., Government Contracting with Faith-Based Providers: An Economic Perspective (October 2005). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper No. 06-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=894965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.894965

Michael J. Rushton (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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