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The impact of contracting out on the costs of refuse collection services: the case of Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Reeves, Eoin
dc.contributor.author Barrow, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-25T13:40:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-25T13:40:30Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2410
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description This paper was obtained through PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) http://www.peerproject.eu
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the impact of contracting out on the costs incurred by local authorities in providing refuse collection services. Using original survey data for the Republic of Ireland, three methods of estimating the impact of tendering are adopted. Crude comparisons of costs before and after tendering and the costs of local authorities versus private contractors indicate that tendering can yield savings of between 34 and 45 per cent. Using multivariate regression analysis to enable us to control for service characteristics confirms cost savings of around 45 per cent. The bulk of these cost savings are attributed to real efficiency gains as a result of contracting out. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Economic and Social Research Institute en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Economic and Social Review;31(2), April, pp. 129-150
dc.relation.uri http://www.esr.ie
dc.subject refuse collection services en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject local authorities en_US
dc.subject tendering en_US
dc.title The impact of contracting out on the costs of refuse collection services: the case of Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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