Public procurement regulation is an
important instrument for using public resources efficiently
and ensuring quality services to citizens. On average, the
public procurement sector accounts for 14.5 percent of the
gross domestic product globally. Using new data, this study
documents public procurement regulation and related
processes in 142 economies. Scores for three public
procurement areas are constructed and amalgamated into an
overall quality of public procurement index. The index is
then related to a measure of road quality across countries.
The results indicate that improvement in the public
procurement system improves road quality, especially in
non-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.