The Effect of Bid Rigging on Prices: A Study of the Highway Construction Industry

The Effect of Bid Rigging on Prices: A Study of the Highway Construction Industry This paper examines the effect of multimarket contact in afirst price sealed bid government procurement auction market. It investigates whether bidprices in the highway construction industry are related to conditions that favor the formation of a cartel.Repeated contacts among firms are found to have a significantly positive effect on the winning low bidwhich leads to higher profit. Further, rivalry among few firms tends to exacerbate the multimarket effect.The results in this study additionally support the recent theoretical predictions that collusion isbetter sustainable during economic downturns. Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

The Effect of Bid Rigging on Prices: A Study of the Highway Construction Industry

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Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Economics; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
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