Collusive bidding in Brazilian infrastructure projects

Signor, Regis and Love, Peter E. D. and Olatunji, Oluwole ORCID: and Vallim, Joao J. C. B and Raupp, Alexandre B. (2017) Collusive bidding in Brazilian infrastructure projects. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Forensic Engineering, 170 (3). pp. 113-123. ISSN 2043-9903


Allegations of corruption have resulted in an investigation of Brazil’s national ‘oil’ company prior to an incumbent Brazilian president disputing their re-election. The investigation has examined allegations that several directors of the ‘state’-owned company received bribes from construction companies and that the funds were used to support the parties of the governing coalition. Using a case study, this paper presents the approach adopted by the Brazilian Federal Police to determine if collusion had occurred. The bidding patterns of construction firms in 22 infrastructure projects suggested to the police that collusion occurred. Considering these circumstances, 561 bids for 77 projects were examined. Investigators obtained evidence that indicates that a collusive behaviour regarding procurement at specific construction firms (the League of 16) had taken place. The conclusions of the research provide insights into the intendment of the League of 16’s bidding patterns with an example of the ‘real’ cost of cartelisation that was experienced in an infrastructure project.

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Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 03:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 03:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: Government; Statistical analysis; Tendering
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330299 Building not elsewhere classified
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330207 Quantity surveying
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330203 Building industry studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 12 CONSTRUCTION > 1299 Other construction > 129999 Other construction not elsewhere classified
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