IOSSA Elisabetta


Affiliation: Department of Economics and Finance (DEF) - University of Tor Vergata

Other Affiliation: CEPR, CMPO, EIEF

Address: via Columbia n. 2, 00133 Roma

Telephone: +39 06 7259 5700

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Research Interests: Applied Contract Theory, Industrial Organization, Procurement and Regulation of Public Services, and Public Private Partnerships.


Elisabetta Iossa is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Research Fellow at the CEPR (London) and CMPO (Bristol). She also worked for 10 years at Brunel University in West London and for two years at ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. In recent years, Elisabetta’s research has covered a number of theoretical issues related to public procurement, Public Private Partnerships and Regulation of public utilities.
Her papers have been published in the Economic Journal, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, the Rand Journal of Economics, among others.
Elisabetta has worked as economic expert adviser for a number of institutions, including the UK Competition Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the Financial Service Authority, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank.


  • ‘The Market for Lawyers and the Quality of Legal Services’, with Bruno Jullien, 2012. Forthcoming, The RAND Journal of Economics, 43 (4), 677-704.
  • "Risk Allocation and the Costs and Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships," with David Martimort The RAND Journal of Economics, 2012, 43(3), pp: 442-474.
  • “Building and Managing Facilities for Public Services”, with John Bennett. The Journal of Public Economics, 2006, vol. 90 (10-11) , pp. 2143-2160.
  • “Auditing and Property Rights”, with Patrick Legros. The RAND Journal of Economics, 2004, vol. 35, pp. 356-372.

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Events & Presentations

Workshop on the Economics of Procurement, Södertörn university VTI (Keynote), Public Procurement and Sustainable Growth, CEPR U Padova, Venice October 2011; Public Private Partnerships, Rome May 2011; European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture (ECHAA) and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Comparative Conference on “PPP models in a time of recession: the options for decision-makers” (Berlin, November 2009); Chaire Bernard Van Ommeslaghe Conference, “Emerging Competition Issues in the Procurement of Infrastructure Services,” ECARES, Brussels (February 2009). II UBC Workshop on Public Private Partnerships, Vancouver (December 2007). European School on New Institutional Economics, ESNIE, Ajaccio ‘The Economics of Public Private Partnerships’ (May 2007). Workshop on Privatisation and Partnership, CMPO, University of Bristol, (November 2006). Conference of the Italian Society of Public economics (Keynote) , “Public-Private Partnerships in the Provision of Public Services”, Pavia, (September 2006). ‘Risks and Opportunities in Public Private Partnerships’, Italian Procurement Agency CONSIP, Rome (June 2006). A Conference on Public Private Partnership and Regulation in Infrastructure Services, NCAER, New Delhi (April, 2006). International Workshop on Public Private Partnerships. Universite’ Paris 1, Sorbonne (October 2004).

Research Programs & Projects

  • Contract Design in Public Private Partnerships
  • Corruption in Public Procurement
  • Relational contracts and their interaction with explicit contracs