How to improve public procurement

Webinarium Tue 2 June 2020
time and place

Tuesday 2 June 2020, 10:00–11:00

Procurement of public goods such as hospitals and highways are often associated with cost overruns. A new SNS report by Professor Giancarlo Spagnolo addresses this problem and suggests measures to solve it.

Lack of public procurement competence risks leading to costs for taxpayers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP per year. In a new SNS report, Giancarlo Spagnolo studies the relationship between procurement competence, quality and cost overruns. Giancarlo Spagnolo is Professor of Economics at Stockholm School of Economics and his research has been published in several top-tier academic journals. In the report, he puts forward a number of suggestions on how to improve public procurement competence in Sweden.

Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH, Sofia Lundberg, Professor of Economics at Umeå University, and Eva-Lotta Löwstedt Lundell, CEO of SKL Kommentus, also participate in the webinar.

The webinar is part of the research program Sustainable Urban and Rural Planning.


Sigbritt Karlsson, President, KTH

Sofia Lundberg, Professor of Economics, Umeå University

Eva-Lotta Löwstedt Lundell, CEO, SKL Kommentus

Giancarlo Spagnolo, Professor of Economics, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), Stockholm School of Economics

The webinar is moderated by Thérése Lind, Research Director, SNS.


The meeting will be conducted as a webinar in Zoom. It is open to SNS members*, specially invited as well as press and it is free of charge. Sign up via the “Sign up here”-button. 1-2 hours before the meeting you will receive an e-mail with a link to the webinar.

Participants can ask questions during the meeting orally, through the function “Raise Hand”, or in writing, through “Q&A”.

*List of SNS members/Information about membership

Welcome to participate!