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Nature of human capital, technology and ownership of public goods

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  • Halonen-Akatwijuka, Maija

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Besley and Ghatak (2001) show that a public good should be owned by the agent who values the public good the most — irrespective of technological factors. In this paper we relax their assumptions in a natural way by allowing the agents to be indispensable, and we show that the relative valuations are not the sole determinant of an optimal ownership structure but also the nature of human capital and technology matter.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 96 (2012)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 939-945

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:96:y:2012:i:11:p:939-945

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Keywords: Property rights; Public goods; Indispensability; Technology; Joint ownership;

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  1. Schmitz, Patrick W., 2013. "Incomplete contracts and optimal ownership of public goods," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 94-96.
  2. Schmitz, Patrick W., 2013. "Public goods and the hold-up problem under asymmetric information," MPRA Paper 53717, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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