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Private Provision of a Discrete Public Good: Continuous-Strategy Equilibria in the Private-Information Subscription Game

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  • STEFANO BARBIERI
  • DAVID A. MALUEG

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We reconsider Laussel and Palfrey's analysis of private provision of discrete public goods via the subscription game. We show their semi-regular equilibria do not exist, casting doubt on their efficiency analysis. Taking players' values for the public good as uniformly distributed on , we exhibit previously unrecognized continuous equilibria-those with contribution strategies strictly increasing up to their maximum values, not necessarily equal to the provision cost, c, at which point they become flat. We show piecewise-linear equilibria are not incentive efficient; and if and , then all symmetric equilibria are interim incentive inefficient. Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

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  • Stefano Barbieri & David A. Malueg, 2008. "Private Provision of a Discrete Public Good: Continuous-Strategy Equilibria in the Private-Information Subscription Game," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 10(4), pages 529-545, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:10:y:2008:i:4:p:529-545
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    4. Subhasish M. Chowdhury & Iryna Topolyan, 2015. "The Group All-Pay Auction with Heterogeneous Impact Functions," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series 069, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
    5. Murat Yilmaz, 2010. "Auctioning a Discrete Public Good under Incomplete Information," Working Papers 2010/14, Bogazici University, Department of Economics.
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