Does the WTO government procurement agreement deliver what it promises?

Tas, Bedri Kamil Onur, Dawar, Kamala, Holmes, Peter and Togan, Sübidey (2018) Does the WTO government procurement agreement deliver what it promises? World Trade Review. ISSN 1474-7456

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Abstract

We examine the impacts of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on government procurement practices in the European Union (EU). We empirically analyse whether the WTO GPA is effective in promoting nondiscriminant, open, transparent, competitive, and efficient government procurement. To study this question, we use a unique data set recently released by the EU, covering more than three million tenders conducted in the European Economic Area, Switzerland, and Macedonia during the years 2006 to 2016. We find that the WTO GPA promotes competition by increasing the probability of awarding a contract to a foreign firm. The WTO GPA significantly lowers corruption risk by decreasing the number of contracts with a single offer and decreasing the winning ratio of firms.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Research Centres and Groups: UK Trade Policy Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1701 Tariff. Free trade. Protectionism
Depositing User: Peter Holmes
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 12:38
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 17:00
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79146

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