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Volunteer work and club size: Nash equilibrium and optimality

  • Barham, Vicky
  • Boadway, Robin
  • Marchand, Maurice
  • Pestieau, Pierre

The non-cooperative provision of public goods is analysed in the context of a two-stage game in which club size is determined endogenously. Equilibrium club size and voluntary labour supply are shown to be inefficient. The impact of optimally-chosen fiscal policies using simple instruments is studied. When agents do not derive nonpecuniary benefits from volunteer work, lump-sum grants can be used to implement the first-best equal treatment allocation but private provision is fully crowded out. Otherwise, it is found that simple fiscal instruments cannot implement the first-best equal-treatment allocation unless club size is directly regulated.

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Volume (Year): 65 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 9-22

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