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Efficient Structure of Provision for Emergency Public Services


  • Elena INARRA

    (Department of Economic Analysis, Basque Country University)


    (Department of Economic Analysis, Basque Country University)


    (Institute of Public Economics, Basque Country University)


We consider an economy in which a central government has to decide on the provision and location of an emergency public service the quality of which diminishes with distance. The emergency service has to attend a group of municipalities geographically located in a star-tree-graph. We derive the optimal location and provision, as well as the Lindahl prices for the emergency service. Also, we determine the minimum quality of service that makes efficient the existence of a unique provider for the whole economy. Conversely given any level of quality of service we identify the stable and efficient structure of provision.

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  • Elena INARRA & Ana MAULEON & Vincent VANNETELBOSCH, 1999. "Efficient Structure of Provision for Emergency Public Services," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 1999013, Universit√© catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:1999013

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    JEL classification:

    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics


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