Institute for Democracy and Economic Analysis


Do e-auctions help to cut costs?

A joint study of IDEA and Oživení o.s. brings new evidence on the use of e-auctions in public procurement in the Czech Republic over 2007–2012.




First, the study presents descriptive evidence on the extent and structure of e-auctions usage in public procurement over the period 2007-2012. Second, we estimate the impact of e-auctions on competition and ultimately prices. Two groups of goods which tend to be purchased in the public sector with the help of e-auctions most frequently, namely energy and medical equipment, are investigated in more detail. Finally, the study examines the relationship between the number of bidders and prices. 


Download the complete study (in Czech only).