Bureaucratic Competence and Procurement Outcomes

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Francesco Decarolis

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Leonardo M. Giuffrida

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Elisabetta Iossa

University of Rome Tor Vergata; IEFE Bocconi University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Vincenzo Mollisi

University of Mannheim

Giancarlo Spagnolo

Stockholm School of Economics (SITE); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'; EIEF

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Date Written: December 7, 2020

Abstract

To what extent does a more competent public bureaucracy contribute to better eco- nomic outcomes? We address this question in the context of the US federal procurement of services and works, by combining contract-level data on procurement performance and bureau-level data on competence and workforce characteristics. We use the death occurrences of specific types of employees as instruments and find that an increase in bureau competence causes a significant and economically important reduction in: i) time delays, ii) cost overruns, and iii) number of renegotiations. Cooperation within the office appears to be a key driver of the findings.

Keywords: Buyer quality, competence, procurement, public management, state capacity

JEL Classification: D44, H11, H57

Suggested Citation

Decarolis, Francesco and Giuffrida, Leonardo Maria and Iossa, Elisabetta and Mollisi, Vincenzo and Spagnolo, Giancarlo, Bureaucratic Competence and Procurement Outcomes (December 7, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3744145 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3744145

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Elisabetta Iossa

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Vincenzo Mollisi

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