nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2011‒07‒27
five papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Parnu College - Tartu University

  1. Managing Multinational Infrastructure: An analysis of EU Institutional Structures and Best Practices By Geest, Willem van der; Nunez-Ferrer, Jorge
  2. Combating Deforestation? - Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Senegal By Bensch, Gunther; Peters, Jörg
  3. Evaluation and transparency in PA modernization: monitoring the main mechanisms in Italy and Romania By Amici, Marco; Matei, Lucica; Meneguzzo, Marco; Mititelu, Cristina
  4. Social Marketing to Extinguish Fire-Setting Behaviour By Davies, Fiona; Newcombe, Robert; Peattie, Ken; Peattie, Sue; Vasquez, Diego
  5. Implicit Collusion in Non-Exclusive Contracting under Adverse Selection By Han, Seungjin

  1. By: Geest, Willem van der (Asian Development Bank Institute); Nunez-Ferrer, Jorge (Asian Development Bank Institute)
    Abstract: Creating the framework for cross-border infrastructure cooperation often requires the active role of a third party, an “honest broker”, to forge convergence of interests. In this paper, the authors take issue with the myth that transnational cross-border infrastructure cooperation is the result of supra-national decision-making at the EU level. Another myth this paper addresses is that the management of trans- national and cross-border infrastructure is primarily supra-national. Although additional co-financing may be sought from the European Community budget and/or the European Investment Bank, these resources always complement national budgetary allocations and private funding.
    Keywords: cross-border infrastructure cooperation; trans-national infrastructure; european union institutions; european union budget; public infrastructure development
    JEL: F36 H54 O19
    Date: 2011–07–15
  2. By: Bensch, Gunther; Peters, Jörg
    Abstract: The dissemination of improved cooking stoves (ICS) is frequently considered an effective instrument to combat deforestation. This paper evaluates the impacts of an ICS dissemination project in urban Senegal implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, or GIZ). Based on a survey among 624 households, we examine the effects of the intervention on charcoal consumption. Given a complex cooking behavior in urban Africa with simultaneous usage of different fuel and stove types, the virtue of our data set is that it provides for detailed information on individual stoves and meals. This allows for estimating charcoal savings by accounting for both household characteristics and meal specific cooking patterns. On average, households using an ICS save around 25 percent of charcoal per stove utilization. In total, around 6.1 to 6.9 percent of the Dakar charcoal consumption is saved due to the ICS dissemination project. --
    Keywords: Impact evaluation,deforestation,energy access,Africa,Senegal
    JEL: O13 O22 Q41 Q56
    Date: 2011
  3. By: Amici, Marco; Matei, Lucica; Meneguzzo, Marco; Mititelu, Cristina
    Abstract: With the development of the NPM and public sector reforms, a new model of PA- citizens relationship in public management is addressed. The scholar's attention to verify and overcome the gaps in PA-citizens relations for a more effective quality in public service delivery is increasingly relevant, but quality policy programs implementation for a more integrated citizen-centered service is still poorly developed. At the first glance the continuous improvement of implementation programs dealing with citizen-centered service and the quality-oriented practices in Italy and Romania seems quite fragmented. The argument sets the general framework for assessing quality service, exploring the causal relationships between administrative performance in terms of transparency and citizen' satisfaction within the public administration, through the analyses on a fist stage projects implementation and instruments of evaluation institutionalization. The paper presents a first initial overview on the current quality policies, paradigms and projects for delivery of government services for a citizens/customer development approach through a more integrated, easy-to-access and personalized services and generates also, possible guidance in methods in carrying reforms, tools and mechanisms of evaluation.
    Keywords: customer satisfaction; PA-citizen relationships; transparency; quality policy; public service reform
    Date: 2011
  4. By: Davies, Fiona; Newcombe, Robert; Peattie, Ken; Peattie, Sue; Vasquez, Diego
    Abstract: This paper presents a case study of a social marketing intervention, developed as an action research project, which applied marketing principles and practices to the public policy challenge of reducing the incidence of deliberate countryside fire-setting in certain communities. This represented an interesting and challenging application of social marketing because it involves an illegal anti-social behaviour, the target ‘customers' for the campaign are largely unknown and difficult to reach, the direct benefits of the behaviour change will accrue to the community rather than the target ‘customer', and the behaviour in question had become an ingrained multi-generational ‘tradition' and social norm within the communities involved. This paper tracks the scoping, development, implementation and evaluation of the social marketing intervention. The campaign's success could have implications for tackling other forms of anti-social youth behaviour and for protecting communities at risk of wild-fires worldw ide.
    Keywords: youth marketing; anti-social behaviour; Social marketing
    Date: 2011
  5. By: Han, Seungjin
    Abstract: This paper studies how implicit collusion may take place in non-exclusive contracting under adverse selection when multiple agents (e.g., entrepreneurs with risky projects) non-exclusively trade with multiple firms (e.g., banks). It introduces the notion of the dual-additive price schedule, which makes agents non-exclusively trade with firms in the market without arbitrage opportunities. It then shows that any dual-additive price schedule can be supported as equilibrium terms of trade in the market if each firm's expected profit is no less than its reservation profit. Firms sustain collusive outcomes through triggering trading mechanisms in which they change their terms of trade contingent only on agents' reports on the lowest average price that the deviating firm's trading mechanism would induce.
    Keywords: collusion, non-exclusive contracting, competing mechanisms
    JEL: D43 D82 D86
    Date: 2011–05–26

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