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Provision of a discrete public good with infinitely-many commodities

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  • Francesco Ruscitti

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Suppose a group of individuals must decide whether to undertake a public project. The private commodity space, from which are also drawn the inputs for the public good, exhibits the Riesz decomposition property. We give a sufficient condition for the existence of a feasible provision of the public good that Pareto-dominates inaction. The condition is that the `net benefit' from the public project be positive. If this condition is met, by the Riesz decomposition property the cost of the project can be decomposed into a sum of individual contributions or taxes so that the project can be `financed' and every agent retains a positive surplus.

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  • Francesco Ruscitti, 2013. "Provision of a discrete public good with infinitely-many commodities," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 28-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00624
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    Keywords

    Public goods; efficient provision; reservation price; ordered vector spaces; Riesz decomposition property.;

    JEL classification:

    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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