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Contract Economics and Organization of Public Services

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Laure Athias
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2014 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
4 heures par semaine

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This course is a one-semester course covering several prominent theories of contracting, but this is not a standard course in contract theory. Instead, the theories are chosen because of their existing and potential applications - as applied theory in the field of public economics. More precisely, the aim of this course is to present recent developments in the economics of contract and to show how this theoretical framework can be applied to the question of the organization of public services. Thus, the emphasis of the course will be on empirical work.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Although not required, it is expected that most students take the companion course in econometrics "Empirical Methods for Lawyers" (as econometric issues will be tackled in order to test theories hypotheses).


The course consists of the following topics:

The make-or-buy tradeoff: A Transaction Cost Economics perspective
The provision of private goods: The make-or-buy tradeoff
The provision of public goods: The make-or-buy tradeoff
Regulation: A theory of incentives perspective
Motivation and incentives in the public sector


The final grade is a weighted average of the following grades:

-oral presentation of a paper: 25%

-oral referee report of a paper: 25%

-short paper (10 pages): 50%.


Slides, research articles tba in class

Laffont J.J. and Tirole J., 1993, A Theory of Incentives in Procurement and Regulation, MIT Press.

Saussier S. & Yvrande-Billon A., 2007, Economie des coûts de transaction, Ed. Repères.

Williamson O.E., 1985, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism, The Free Press/Macmillan, New York.

Informations supplémentaires


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