Perspectives on Public Sector Outsourcing: Quasi-Markets and Prices

Reprint No. 2019:52

Author(s): Henrik JordahlYear: 2019 Title: CESifo Economic Studies Volume (No.): 65 (4) Pages: 343–348
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Perspectives on Public Sector Outsourcing: Quasi-Markets and Prices Henrik Jordahl

Public sector outsourcing, in the form of private production of tax-financed services, is on the increase with economic and social consequences for consumers, taxpayers, and employees. The development has given rise to so-called quasi-markets with choice and competition between public, for-profit, and non-profit providers. By introducing the main characteristics of quasi-markets with a focus on prices, this article provides background perspectives. It sets the stage for the other six articles on public sector outsourcing in this special issue of the journal.

Jordahl, Henrik (2019), "Perspectives on Public Sector Outsourcing: Quasi-Markets and Prices". CESifo Economic Studies 65(4), 343–348.

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