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  • Nicholas Shunda

    (University of Connecticut)

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In this paper, we develop a simple model of the rights a government provides its citizenry. Rights are treated as public goods and taken as primitives in agents utility functions; each agent has preferences over the entire policy vector. We model the interaction among citi-zens and the government as a game in which an exogenous lobbying set makes contributions to the government to in uence policy formu-lation in the matter of rights. When examining contribution schedules comprising truthful Nash strategies, we find that members of the lob-bying set obtain rights closer to their most-preferred bundle, while the rights of non-lobbyers further diverge from their most-preferred bun-dle. Further, if the lobbying set comprises the entire population, the government s allocation of rights does not differ from the allocation achieved in the absence of contributions.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2005-53.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2005-53

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