Outsourcing public services : contractibility, cost, and quality / Fredrik Andersson (Lund University and IFN), Henrik Jordahl (IFN, Örebro University School of Business, CESifo and IZA), Jens Josephson (IFN and Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAndersson, Fredrik ; Jordahl, Henrik ; Josephson, Jens
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, June 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12401
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

We review the literature on public sector outsourcing to explore if the theoretical predictions from the incomplete contracts literature hold up to recent empirical evidence. Guided by theory, we arrange services according to the type and magnitude of their contractibility problems. The empirical studies point at rather favourable outsourcing outcomes, in terms of costs and quality, for services without severe contracting problems. The picture is more mixed for services with tougher contracting problems, with the weight of the evidence in favour of public provision. This difference between services is largely in line with the property-rights framework and theories of incomplete contracts.