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Vertically Summing Public Good Demand Curves: An Empirical Comparison of Economic versus Political Jurisdictions

  • John B. Loomis

Fiscal equivalence for efficient provision of a public good requires perfect correspondence between political and economic jurisdictions. However, the spatial extent of the economic jurisdiction is an empirical question. Drawing on four survey-based valuation studies, we measure the "relative public good benefit gradient" as a function of residential location from six natural resource public goods. The results indicate commonly used state political jurisdictions reflect an average of 13% of total benefits in the economic jurisdiction, although with a logarithmic form for distance the upper confidence interval of state benefits can include 100% for some species.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 76 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 312-321

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:76:y:2000:i:2:p:312-321
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