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Unfair competition and other economic factors influencing the efficiency of the provision of public services

Solution period: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2016
Contract authority: Czech Science Foundation
Partner: Faculty of Economics and Administration of Masaryk University
Registration number: 15-08032S
Contact: Jan Slavík (slavik@ireas.cz)

What kind of factors influence the efficiency of public services in the Czech Republic? What role does unfair competition play? Answers to these questions are prerequisites for efficient public administration and future development of waste services in Czech municipalities.

The decision of the Czech Competition Authority in December 2012 and the far-reaching effects of the financial crisis on the budgetary health of Czech municipalities raise scientific interest in the efficiency of provision of public services in the Czech Republic (especially factors that influence the efficiency). Not only non-economic factors (e.g., political patronage or reputation effects), but also the economic ones are in the centre of this interest (competition rate, ownership, corruption and cartel agreements, economies of scale and density, inter-municipal cooperation). The main goal of this project was to evaluate the significance of economic factors for provision of public services in the Czech Republic, especially waste collection services. The reason is that these services represent an important part of the budgetary expenditures of Czech municipalities (almost 10% of expenditures in municipalities with less than 5000 inhabitants) with a high potential for savings when the provision efficiency increases.

Outputs: 

PAVEL, Jan, SLAVÍK, Jan, 2018. The relationships between competition and efficiency of waste-collection services in the Czech Republic. Local Government Studies, 44(2), 275-296. ISSN 0300-3930.

SLAVÍK, Jan, RYBOVÁ, Kristýna. 2017. The costs of municipal waste and separate collection. Efficient measures how to cut them down. In: Matějová, L. (eds.) Proceeding of the 21st international conference Current trends in public sector research 2017. Brno: Masaryk University, 2017. pp. 371 – 378. ISSN 2336 – 1239. ISBN 978-80-210-8448-3.  (download pdf)

PAVEL, Jan. 2016. Public Procurement Market and the Municipal Waste Management. Proceedings of the 21th International Conference Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Public Finance 2016 [online]. Praha, 15.04.2016 – 16.04.2016. Praha : Oeconomica, 2016, s. 172–176.  (download pdf)

RYBOVÁ, Kristýna, SLAVÍK, Jan. 2016. Can demographic characteristics explain intermunicipal differences in production of municipal waste? In: Špalková, D., Matějová, L. (eds.) Proceeding of the 20th international conference Current trends in public sector research 2016. Brno: Masaryk University, 2016. pp. 375 – 382. ISSN 2336 – 1239. ISBN 978-80-210-8082-9.  (download pdf)

Research team: Jan Slavík, Kristýna Rybová, Jan Pavel.

Collaborators: Jana Soukupová,  Michal Struk.