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What is the link between tender design, prices and outcomes in reintegration service contracting?

The Dutch Social Insurance Organization has contracted reintegration services from private providers since 2001.

How does tender design relate to the prices and the effectiveness of services delivered in this market?

This has been the topic of a joint research effort of Pierre Koning (MSZW and Free University of Amsterdam), Rene Kamp (UWV) and Arthur van de Meerendonk. Their paper, entitled Auctioning Welfare-to-Work Contracts: the Effects of Scoring Weights on Prices and Quality Outcomes, has been accepted for the annual EALE Conference in September in Bonn.