Public-Private Partnerships and Prices: Evidence from Water Distribution in France

  • Eshien Chong
  • Freddy Huet
  • Stéphane SaussierEmail author
  • Faye Steiner


We use an original database of 5000 French local public authorities to explore the impact of organizational choice and performance as measured by consumer prices. In quantifying the impact of the choice of public-private partnerships (PPPs) on performance, we consider the related issue of the determinants of organizational choice. We estimate a switching regressions model to account for the endogeneity of organizational choice, and find that in our sample, (i) the choice by local public authorities to engage in a PPP is not random, and (ii) conditional on the choice of a PPP, consumer prices are significantly higher on average.


Contractual Choices Public-Private Partnerships Public Services Transaction Costs Water supply 

JEL Codes

H0 H7 K00 L33 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eshien Chong
    • 1
  • Freddy Huet
    • 2
  • Stéphane Saussier
    • 3
    Email author
  • Faye Steiner
    • 4
  1. 1.ADIS GRJM– University of Paris XI Sceaux, France & ATOM – University of Paris I SorbonneParisFrance
  2. 2.CERESUR – University of La Réunion, Paris, France & ATOM – University of Paris I SorbonneParisFrance
  3. 3.ADIS GRJM– University of Paris XI Sceaux, France & ATOM – University of Paris I SorbonneParisFrance
  4. 4.CES TEAM – University of Paris I SorbonneParis CedexFrance

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