Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand the root cause of a large number of quality problems in the current Chinese construction market. Design/methodology/approach – Information economics theory is used to analyze the cause of construction quality problems related to the specific case of the Wenchuan earthquake of China. Findings – The single low price competition in the construction tender market leads to the serious adverse selection and moral hazard behavior of bidding firms. The main solution to this problem is the introduction and improvement of an independent inspection/supervision mechanism. Originality/value – The paper systematically analyzes the evaluation method of the lowest price winning bidding policy, which is the fundamental cause of adverse selection and moral hazard problems in the Chinese construction market.
Disaster Prevention and Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 30, 2011
Keywords: China; Construction industry; Moral hazard; Adverse selection; Construction tender market; Wenchuan earthquake
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