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Matching as a cure for underprovision of voluntary public good supply

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  • Buchholz, Wolfgang
  • Cornes, Richard
  • Rübbelke, Dirk

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Matching mechanisms are widely regarded as providing a promising way to cure the public good underprovision problem, but the Pareto optimal interior matching equilibrium emerges only under very special conditions. However, we show that public good underprovision is normally avoided.

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  • Buchholz, Wolfgang & Cornes, Richard & Rübbelke, Dirk, 2012. "Matching as a cure for underprovision of voluntary public good supply," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 727-729.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:727-729
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.095
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    Keywords

    Public goods; Matching; Pareto optimality;
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    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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