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Favoritism in the Public Provision of Goods in Developing Countries

  • Amitrajeet Batabyal

    ()

    (Rochester Institute of Technology)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    ()

    (Free University)

Goods are often allocated publically by means of queuing processes in developing countries. In such situations, which group of citizens should a corrupt government official favor? In addition, what should be the basis for this favoritism? To the best of our knowledge, these salient questions have received scant attention in the literature. Consequently, we use queuing theory to first demonstrate that when allocating goods publically, a case can be made for favoring a particular group of citizens. Next, we show that the nature of this favoritism depends not only on the bribes received by the corrupt government official but also on the efficiency with which this official discharges his duties.

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Volume (Year): 15 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-10

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