Review of Industrial Organization

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 105–113

A Law of Large Numbers: Bidding and Compulsory Competitive Tendering for Refuse Collection Contracts

  • AndréS GóMez-Lobo
  • Stefan Szymanski

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026545306923

Cite this article as:
GóMez-Lobo, A. & Szymanski, S. Review of Industrial Organization (2001) 18: 105. doi:10.1023/A:1026545306923


In this paper we investigate the relationship betweencosts and number of bidders for U.K. local authorities'refuse collection contracts. We find that a highernumber of bids is associated with a lower cost ofservice. This finding, as well as being an importantempirical verification of standard proposition inauction theory, has important policy implications. TheU.K. Labour government elected in 1997 has abolishedCompulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT). Our findingsindicate that this would increase local authorities'expenditure in refuse collection.

Econometrics of auctions refuse collection tendering 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • AndréS GóMez-Lobo
    • 1
  • Stefan Szymanski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Imperial College Management SchoolLondonU.K.

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