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Equity and Efficiency in Public Sector Pricing: The Optimal Two-Part Tariff

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  • Martin S. Feldstein

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I. Introduction, 175. — II. The optimal price, 176. — III. The welfare loss due to incorrect pricing, 182. — IV. An example, 183. — V. Concluding remarks, 187.

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  • Martin S. Feldstein, 1972. "Equity and Efficiency in Public Sector Pricing: The Optimal Two-Part Tariff," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 86(2), pages 175-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:86:y:1972:i:2:p:175-187.
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