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Procurement in Focus: Rules, Discretion, and Emergencies

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Covid-19 has served as a global case study for increased discretion in public procurement, with governments worldwide making rules more flexible to increase spending, reduce the damage, and save lives. This CEPR eBook provides fascinating insights into the tension between rules and discretion in public procurement, including through several country-level case studies. PDF Download Contents Foreword IntroductionOriana Bandiera, Erica Bosio and Giancarlo Spagnolo Part I: Rules versus discretion Rules, bunching and discretion in emergency procurement: Evidence from an earthquakeDecio Coviello, Giancarlo Spagnolo and Clarissa Lotti Renegotiations of public contracts: A blessing in disguise?Jean Beuve and

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Procurement in Focus: Rules, Discretion, and Emergencies

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Contents

Foreword

Introduction
Oriana Bandiera, Erica Bosio and Giancarlo Spagnolo

Part I: Rules versus discretion

Rules, bunching and discretion in emergency procurement: Evidence from an earthquake
Decio Coviello, Giancarlo Spagnolo and Clarissa Lotti

Renegotiations of public contracts: A blessing in disguise?
Jean Beuve and Stéphane Saussier

Public procurement under and after emergencies
Mihaly Fazekas, Shrey Nishchal and Tina Søreide

Political connections in public procurement
Bruno Baranek and Vítezslav Titl

The changing perceptions of corruption during the Covid-19 pandemic in Russia
Polina Detkova, Pavel Pronin, Andrey Tkachenko and Andrei Yakovlev

Part II: Complementary institutions

Complementary regulations to improve public procurement
Erica Bosio, Joseph Lemoine, Marko Grujicic

The role of buyer competence
Francesco Decarolis, Leonardo M. Giuffrida, Elisabetta Iossa and Vincenzo Mollisi

Traditional audit design may distort incentives
Maria Paula Gerardino, Stephan Litschig and Dina Pomeranz

Infrastructure procurement and elite-level collusion in Lebanon
Sami Atallah, Mounir Mahmalat, Wassim Maktabi

Pandemic corruption: Insights from Latin America
Jorge Gallego, Mounu Prem and Juan F. Vargas

Part III: Discretion during emergencies

Procurement during health crises when not just incompetence and corruption matter
Antonio Estache and Renaud Foucart

Emergency procurement and the Covid-19 crisis: Insights from Italian administrative data
Francesco Decarolis, Clarissa Lotti, Francesca Marazzi and Giancarlo Spagnolo

Public procurement at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic
Serena Cocciolo, Vincenzo Di Maro, Sushmita Samaddar

Buyer’s discretion in Russian public procurement during the Covid-19 emergency
Riccardo Camboni, Elena Podkolzina and Paola Valbonesi

Managing critical supply shortages of vaccines and PPE in Asia and the Pacific
Cyn-Young Park and Kijin Kim

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