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Decentralization and Local Public Goods: Getting the Incentives Right

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  • James Roumasset

    (University of Hawaii)

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The paper addresses the nature and locus of appropriate government control in the provision of collective services. It suggests some useful principles |'ur determining organizational structures with the appropriate degree and form of decentralization, which is seen to be an important part of incentive compatibility. In the case of low-income housing, it cites the privatization of sites and services and the devolution of upgrading as two promising models of decentralization.

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Article provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society in its journal Philippine Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 26 (1989)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 1-13

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  1. Theodore Groves & John Ledyard, 1976. "Optimal Allocation of Public Goods: A Solution to the 'Free Rider Problem'," Discussion Papers, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science 144, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
  2. Smith, Vernon L, 1980. "Experiments with a Decentralized Mechanism for Public Good Decisions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 70(4), pages 584-99, September.
  3. Arnold C. Harberger, 1978. "On the Use of Distributional Weights in Social Cost-Benefit Analysis," NBER Chapters, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, in: Research in Taxation, pages 87-120 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Demsetz, Harold, 1969. "Information and Efficiency: Another Viewpoint," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 12(1), pages 1-22, April.
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  1. Roumasset, James, 1992. "INVESTING in Agriculturally-Led Growth: The Philippine Case," MPRA Paper 14847, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Ballesteros, Marife M., 2002. "Rethinking Institutional Reforms in the Philippine Housing Sector," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2002-16, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Karl Jandoc & Ruben Juarez & James Roumasset, 2014. "Towards an Economics of Irrigation Networks," Working Papers, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics 201416, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  4. Roumasset, James, 1. "Rural Institutions, Agricultural Development, and Pro-Poor Economic Growth," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), vol. 1(1).
  5. Majah-Leah Ravago & James Roumasset, 2009. "Economic Policy for Sustainable Growth and Development vs. Greedy Growth and Preservationism," Working Papers, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics 200909, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.

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