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Dynamic Cooperation in Local Public Goods Supply with Imperfect Monitoring

  • Guillaume CHEIKBOSSIAN
  • Wilfried SAND-ZANTMAN

This paper develops a two-country model where each country invests in a local public good generating positive cross-countries externalities. In a repeated game setting where the level of public good depends on a non-observable effort by each country plus a random shock, we characterize the existence condition of a cut-off trigger strategy equilibrium inducing full cooperation. Moreover, we show that introducing a small positive correlation between the two country-specific shocks gives rise to a manipulation of information thereby restricting the prospects of cooperation.

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Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 101-102 ()
Pages: 327-346

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