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An efficiency rationale for bundling of public goods

  • Fang,H.
  • Norman,P.

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Social Systems Research Institute)

This paper studies the optimal provision mechanism for multiple excludable public goods when agents\' valuations are private information. For a parametric class of problems with binary valuations, we characterize the optimal mechanism, and show that it involves bundling. Bundling alleviates the free riding problem in large economies in two ways: first, it can increase the asymptotic provision probability of socially efficient public goods from zero to one; second, it decreases the extent of use exclusions.

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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:200319
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