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Does corruption and the institutional characteristics of the contracting authorities affect the execution of healthcare infrastructures?

Does corruption and the institutional characteristics of the contracting authorities affect the... PurposeThis paper aims at contributing to the research on the role played by corruption in the health procurement by use non-parametric techniques to examine whether the efficient execution of Italian public contracts for healthcare infrastructures is affected by socio-economic variables (including the level of “environmental” corruption) in the area where the work is localised and by the institutional features of the contracting authority.Design/methodology/approachA data envelopment analysis (DEA) is applied to a sample of 405 contracts during the period 2000-2005. Smoothed bootstrap techniques to calculate confidence intervals for the estimated efficiency parameters along with different non-parametric tests and kernel density estimates are used.FindingsResults show that “environmental” corruption negatively influences the performance of healthcare infrastructures. Furthermore, healthcare contracting authorities appear to be less efficient than other public bodies acting as procurers.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the role of environmental corruption in the provision of healthcare infrastructures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Public Procurement Emerald Publishing

Does corruption and the institutional characteristics of the contracting authorities affect the execution of healthcare infrastructures?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1535-0118
DOI
10.1108/JOPP-06-2018-010
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims at contributing to the research on the role played by corruption in the health procurement by use non-parametric techniques to examine whether the efficient execution of Italian public contracts for healthcare infrastructures is affected by socio-economic variables (including the level of “environmental” corruption) in the area where the work is localised and by the institutional features of the contracting authority.Design/methodology/approachA data envelopment analysis (DEA) is applied to a sample of 405 contracts during the period 2000-2005. Smoothed bootstrap techniques to calculate confidence intervals for the estimated efficiency parameters along with different non-parametric tests and kernel density estimates are used.FindingsResults show that “environmental” corruption negatively influences the performance of healthcare infrastructures. Furthermore, healthcare contracting authorities appear to be less efficient than other public bodies acting as procurers.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the role of environmental corruption in the provision of healthcare infrastructures.

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Journal of Public ProcurementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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