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The Role of Incentives, Information and the Private Sector in the Delivery of Public Services

ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
10 and 11 December 2009

Sponsored by the European Commission through its Marie Curie Programme
Co-organised by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and ECARES (ULB)

Organizers: Mathias Dewatripont (ECARES and CEPR), Antonio Estache (ECARES and CEPR) and Paul A Grout (Bristol University - CMPO)

If you would like to present a paper or attend the meeting, please go to:

The deadline for responses is: 2 November 2009, 5 PM

This conference continues a series of meetings on the interaction between private and public players in industries and services of public interest.

Examples of areas that could be addressed include:

· Pro-social behaviour and incentives
· Mechanisms of regulation
· Public-private partnerships
· Procurement of public services
· Competition law and public services/privatised companies
· Effects of privatisation (on product and financial markets)
· Employee and organisation incentives and quality of education
· Matching models in public services
· Auctions for public service franchises

This list is far from exhaustive and we also welcome submissions on topics that impinge on the above and on broader relationships between public and private players.

Marie Curie actions focus on developing young researchers, enabling them to present research and benefit from the inputs of senior colleagues and policy-makers. Hence, we are keen to receive submissions from young researchers, who have recently defended their PhD, as well as established academics. If you know of any pre- or post-doc students who would be interested in attending this event, please pass this invitation on to them.

The programme will be assembled by a scientific committee composed of Mathias Dewatripont (ECARES and CEPR), Antonio Estache (ECARES and CEPR), Paul Grout (CMPO), and Patrick Legros (ECARES and CEPR).

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register online at The deadline for replies is November 2nd 2009 at 17:00 GMT. If you have difficulties registering online, please email Nadine Clarke at who can assist you with the online application system. Travel and local expenses will be reimbursed to presenters and participants that will contribute to the programme. Nonetheless, given our limited budget, please indicate on your reply form whether you will be able to cover your own travel costs. Also, as we have some EC funding available for certain categories of researchers (pre and post doc etc.), please send a short CV to Alice Newton at
to allow us to determine your eligibility for EC funding for the event.