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On the Private Provision of Contentious Public Characteristics


  • Richard Cornes


  • Dirk Rübbelke


We extend the standard public good provision model to allow players to either like or dislike the public characteristic. Those who dislike it are able to take actions to reduce its level. We present conditions under which the existence of a unique noncooperative equilibrium is retained, and analyze its normative and comparative static properties.

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  • Richard Cornes & Dirk Rübbelke, 2012. "On the Private Provision of Contentious Public Characteristics," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2012-577, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:acb:cbeeco:2012-577

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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods


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