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Bargaining Over Public Goods

  • Julio Davila

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    (Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne. Paris School of Economics)

  • Jan Eeckhout

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Cesar Martinelli

    ()

    (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM))

In a simple public good economy, we propose a natural bargaining procedure whose equilibria converge to Lindahl allocations as the cost of bargaining vanishes. The procedure splits the decision over the allocation in a decision about personalized prices and a decision about output levels for the public good. Since this procedure does not assume price-taking behavior, it provides a strategic foundation for the personalized taxes inherent to the Lindahl solution to the public goods problem.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cie:wpaper:0901
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