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Inequality-averse principal, exogenous budget, and second-best public-goods provision

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  • Boyer, Pierre C.

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We characterize the second-best public-goods provision rule with an inequality-averse principal. Our main results show how the provision rule reacts to variations of an exogenous budget available for public-goods provision when the principal exhibits different levels of inequality aversion.

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  • Boyer, Pierre C., 2015. "Inequality-averse principal, exogenous budget, and second-best public-goods provision," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 127(C), pages 61-63.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:127:y:2015:i:c:p:61-63
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.12.037
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    Keywords

    Public-goods provision; Comparative statics; Utilitarian welfare maximization;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H61 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Budget; Budget Systems

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