FIN Seminar/ Webinar – Diogo Mendes

march, 2024

21mar13:0014:00FIN Seminar/ Webinar - Diogo Mendes


Event Details

CEF.UP – FIN Seminar/Webinar

Thursday – March 21st, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. | Room 305| Online


“Contract Splitting in Public Procurement” (joint work with Filipe B. Caires and Susana Peralta)

Diogo Mendes  – Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden)



“We study the role of contract splitting in public procurement. Procurement contracts with price below a threshold can be awarded at discretion, while awards for contracts above it are required to be competitive. Exploiting a reform that reduced the threshold, we find that buyers manipulate projects’ price in order to award contracts at discretion. We show that contract splitting, the division of large contracts into multiple smaller parts, is the most important mechanism of manipulation in public procurement in this context. Our evidence suggests that splitting is driven by favouritism rather than efficiency-promoting motives of manipulation: we find i) no evidence that splitting is intended to foster non-contractable quality through discretion, ii) that split contracts are more likely to be awarded to sellers associated with favouritism, iii) less transparent buyers manipulate more, and iv) split contracts are associated with slightly worse post-award performance.”







(Thursday) 13:00 - 14:00

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