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On the Neutrality of Redistribution in a General Equilibrium Model with Public Goods

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  • ANTONIO VILLANACCI
  • ÜNAL ZENGINOBUZ

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Models on private provision of public goods typically involve a single private good and linear production technology for the public good. We study a model with several private goods and nonlinear (strictly concave) production technology. We revisit the question of „neutrality" of government interventions on equilibrium outcomes and show that relative price effects that are absent with a single private good and linear production technology become a powerful channel of redistribution in this case. Contrary to previous results, redistributing endowments in favor of contributors is shown to be neither necessary nor sufficient for increasing the equilibrium level of public good. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing, Inc..

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  • Antonio Villanacci & Ünal Zenginobuz, 2007. "On the Neutrality of Redistribution in a General Equilibrium Model with Public Goods," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 9(2), pages 183-200, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jpbect:v:9:y:2007:i:2:p:183-200
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    1. Villanacci, Antonio & Zenginobuz, Ünal, 2012. "Subscription equilibrium with production: Non-neutrality and constrained suboptimality," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(2), pages 407-425.
    2. Faias, Marta & Moreno, Emma & Wooders, Myrna, 2009. "A Strategic market game approach for the private provision of public goods," MPRA Paper 37777, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Mar 2012.
    3. Antonio Villanacci & Ünal Zenginobuz, 2006. "Pareto improving interventions in a general equilibrium model with private provision of public goods," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 10(3), pages 249-271, December.
    4. Faias, Marta & Moreno-García, Emma & Wooders, Myrna, 2015. "On neutrality with multiple private and public goods," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 103-106.
    5. Martin Gregor, 2011. "Tradeoffs of foreign assistance for the weakest-link global public goods," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 18(2), pages 233-251, April.
    6. Villanacci, Antonio & Zenginobuz, E. Unal, 2006. "Subscription equilibria with public production: Existence and regularity," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(4), pages 199-215, December.
    7. Kung, Fan-chin, 2008. "Voluntary contributions to multiple public goods in a production economy with widespread externalities," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(12), pages 1364-1378, December.

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    JEL classification:

    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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