A Mechanism for Allocating the Expenses of Public Goods: Analyses of a Swedish Government Project
Bohm (1982) reported a Swedish census project, which used a cost-sharing mechanism giving participants incentives to misrepresent their willingness to pay (WTP), yet still ended up providing a public good. In this paper we offer a theoretical analysis of the mechanism and propose two revisions. In the first revision, the incentives to overstate or understate are randomized, weakening participantsâ€™ tendency to misrepresent WTP. Whereas in the second revision, reporting true WTP is participantsâ€™ weakly dominant strategy. Our revisions delineate a simple approach to induce true WTP, while the Swedish mechanism can be treated as a special case.
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