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The Egalitarian Sharing Rule in Provision of Public Projects

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  • Alexei Savvateev

    (New Economic School)

  • Anna Bogomolnaia

    (Rice University)

  • Michel Le Breton

    (Université de Toulouse I, GREMAQ and IDEI)

  • Shlomo Weber

    (SMU, CORE, Catholic University of Louvain and CEPR)

Abstract

In this note we consider a society that partitions itself into disjoint jurisdictions, each choosing a location of its public project and a taxation scheme to finance it. The set of public project is multi-dimensional, and their costs could vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We impose two principles, egalitarianism, that requires the equalization of the total cost for all agents in the same jurisdiction, and efficiency, that implies the minimization of the aggregate total cost within jurisdiction. We show that these two principles always yield a core-stable partition but a Nash stable partition may fail to exist.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2005.39.

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Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2005.39

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Keywords: Jurisdictions; Stable partitions; Public projects; Egalitarianism;

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  1. Savvateev, A., 2013. "Coalitional Stability of a "Bipolar World"," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 17(1), pages 10-43.
  2. Anna Bogomolnaia & Michel Breton & Alexei Savvateev & Shlomo Weber, 2007. "Stability under unanimous consent, free mobility and core," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 35(2), pages 185-204, January.

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