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Nature of human capital, technology and ownership of public goods

Besley and Ghatak (2001) show that public good should be owned by the agent who values the public good most — irrespective of technological factors. In this paper we relax their assumptions in a natural way by allowing the agents to be indispensable and show that relative valuations are not the sole determinant of optimal ownership structure but also nature of human capital and technology matter.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 10/243.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:10/243
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