Unhealthy strategic tender in public procurement

Original title: Osund strategisk anbudsgivning i offentlig upphandling

Recently, several cases of extremely low bids in public tenders have been highlighted in Sweden. Most of these have involved public framework agreements of consulting services with multiple suppliers. 


In collaboration with the lawyer firm Advokatbyrån Delphi, Copenhagen Economics has conducted a study of whether such strategic bidding in public procurement is a problem from a welfare point of view, and, if so, what can be done about it.


The study concludes that certain forms of “unsound” strategic bidding deserve policy action, in particular with reference to procurement practices within the public sphere.


The study was commissioned by The Swedish Competition Authority


Read the press release here


Read the report here


Read an article in Upphandling24 about the report here


For more information, please contact Senior Economist Karl Lundvall