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Profit-Maximizing Sale of a Discrete Public Good via the Subscription Game in Private-Information Environments


  • Barbieri Stefano

    () (Tulane University)

  • Malueg David A.

    () (University of California - Riverside)


We analyze a symmetric Bayesian game in which two players individually contribute to fund a discrete public good; contributions are refunded if they do not reach a threshold set by the seller of the good. We characterize the distributions of players' private values that can support a symmetric equilibrium in continuous piecewise-linear strategies, and we calculate these strategies. Allowing the seller to charge an entry fee before players make their private contributions, we show these piecewise-linear equilibrium strategies maximize the seller's expected profit over all incentive compatible selling mechanisms.

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  • Barbieri Stefano & Malueg David A., 2010. "Profit-Maximizing Sale of a Discrete Public Good via the Subscription Game in Private-Information Environments," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-31, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejtec:v:10:y:2010:i:1:n:5

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