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A Method for Identifying the Public Good Allocation Process Within a Group

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  • Martin C. McGuire
  • Carl H. Groth

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This paper develops a method for inferring from observations on a group's collective expenditure whether a cooperative or competitive resource allocation process, or some mixture of the two, has occurred. The method will be applicable to a variety of situations from small collectives such as the family or groupings of nations collaborating in security or trade alliances, to collectives with large numbers. This method will be useful for identifying (1) whether observed outcomes have been efficient, (2) whether costs have been shared equitably, (3) what is the form of collaboration or competition, and (4) what is the degree of "publicness" of the collective good.

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  • Martin C. McGuire & Carl H. Groth, 1985. "A Method for Identifying the Public Good Allocation Process Within a Group," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 100(Supplemen), pages 915-934.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:100:y:1985:i:supplement:p:915-934.
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    9. Snyder, Susan K., 1999. "Testable restrictions of Pareto optimal public good provision," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(1), pages 97-119, January.
    10. Richard Cornes & Roger Hartley, 2007. "Aggregative Public Good Games," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 9(2), pages 201-219, April.
    11. William Gates & Katsuaki Terasawa, 2003. "Reconsidering publicness in alliance defence expenditures: NATO expansion and burden sharing," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(5), pages 369-383.
    12. Raechelle Mascarenhas & Todd Sandler, 2006. "Do donors cooperatively fund foreign aid?," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 1(4), pages 337-357, December.

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