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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

Période de validité: 2022 ->

Pas d'horaire défini.

Cours (optionnel)

Semestre d'automne
4 heures par semaine
26 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3

Objectif

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 provision.

Examples of the type of questions we will answer: What organizational choices for public services? For what efficiency? Are there any organizational choices that outperform all other possible organizational choices? Are there any kinds of public services that should absolutely stay in the hands of the public sector? How can we address the problems of quality and performance of public services? How to regulate network industries? What drives demand side impediments? 

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

 

Contenu

 

The course consists of the following topics:

 

 

The make-or-buy tradeoff: A Transaction Cost Economics perspective

 

-       Theoretical framework: The transaction cost theory

 

-       Specificities of public services and the make-or-buy tradeoff

 

Regulation of network industries: A theory of incentives perspective

 

Public services and the demand side: Importance of the historical and cultural context

 


Evaluation

First try

×         Document à rendre (Deg) and

×         Contrôle continu avec inscription

 

Re try

×         Travail personnel à rendre hors session (R)

Bibliographie

Slides and research articles tba in class.

Books or book chapters :

Athias L. et Pasquier M. (2023), “Gouvernance”, in N. Soguel et al. (éd.) Modèle IDHEAP d’administration publique en Suisse, EPFL Press, chapitre 8.

Athias L., Macina M. et Wicht P. (2019), “Public Private Partnerships: A Swiss Perspective”, in A. Ladner et al. (éd.) Swiss Public Administration: Making the State Work Successfully, Springer International Publishing, pp. 187-204.

Athias L. and Chever L. (2018), The Relative Efficiency of Competitive Tendering, in Saussier Stéphane, de Brux Julie (eds.) The Economics of Public-Private Partnerships: Theoretical and Empirical Developments, Springer, pp. 113-133.

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

Laffont J.J. and Tirole J. (2012), Théorie des incitations et réglementation, Economica, Paris.

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

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

Williamson O. (1994), Les Institutions de l’économie, InterEditions, Paris.

Williamson O. (2002), “The Theory of the Firm as Governance Structure: From Choice to Contract”, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 16(3), pp. 171-195.

 

Exigences du cursus d'études

Although not required, it is expected that most students take the companion course in econometrics "Introduction to applied econometrics" (as econometric issues will be tackled in order to test theoretical hypotheses).

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