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Public and private environmental spending: a political economy approach


  • JOUVET, Pierre-André
  • MICHEL, Philippe
  • PESTIEAU, Pierre


This paper studies the determination of public investment in environmental quality when there are private alternatives. Public investment is chosen by majority voting. When consumption and environmental quality are complementary one may observe a solution of the type "ends against the middle".
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  • JOUVET, Pierre-André & MICHEL, Philippe & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2009. "Public and private environmental spending: a political economy approach," CORE Discussion Papers RP 2060, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:2060 Note: In : Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 9(3), 177-191, 2008

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    1. Rainald Borck, 2008. "Central versus local education finance: a political economy approach," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 15(3), pages 338-352, June.
    2. Kirill Borissov & Thierry Brechet & Stephane Lambrecht, 2012. "Environmental maintenance in a dynamic model with heterogenous agents," CEEES Paper Series CE3S-02/12, European University at St. Petersburg, Department of Economics.

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