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A Gibbad-Satterthwaite Theorem for Public Good Economies

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  • Diego Moreno
  • María José Moscoso

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We study the properties of mechanisms for deciding upon the provision of public goods when the feasible set is exogenously given (by financial and/or technological constraints), and individuals' preferences are represented by continuous, increasing and concave utility functions, and we establish a result analog to the Gibbard-Satterthwaite Theorem: strategy-proof mechanisms are dictatorial. Further, efficient and strategy-proof mechanisms are strongly dictatorial (i.e., maximize the dictator's welfare on the entire feasible set.)

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we014912.

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Date of creation: Jan 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we014912

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  1. Salvador Barbera & Matthew Jackson, 1991. "A Characterization of Strategy-Proof Social Choice Functions for Economies with Pure Public Goods," Discussion Papers 964, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
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