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Choosing the level of a public good when agents have an outside option

  • David Cantala

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The work examines strategy-proof social choice functions which select a level or the location of a public good when its consumption is not compulsory. We assume that agents have single-peaked preferences on the consumption of the public good as well as a reservation utility. Agents opt out of the good whenever they get a utility smaller than their reservation utility. We characterize strategy-proof and efficient social choice functions as well as the ones which are anonymous and group strategy-proof. Finally, we observe that for given preferences a Condorcet winner may not exist. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 491-514

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