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The Demand Revealing Process: To Distribute the Surplus

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Contrary to the established, frequently repeated proposition that its budget surplus cannot be distributed to taxpayers without disturbing the incentive compatibility of the demand-revealing process (DRP), the surplus can be distributed by reapplying the key concept of the DRP. There will remain an aggregate refund error that in a Bayesian sense is random with zero mean, and which vanishes O(1/N)-square as the economy becomes large through replication. To deal with income effects, when one does not restrict the domain of the mechanism to separable utility functions, the author suggests a variation of the DRP that preserves its incentive compatibility when N is finite. Copyright 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Bailey, Martin J, 1997. "The Demand Revealing Process: To Distribute the Surplus," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 91(2), pages 107-126, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:91:y:1997:i:2:p:107-26
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