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Optimal Provision of Multiple Excludable Public Goods

This paper studies the optimal provision mechanism for multiple excludable public goods when agents' valuations are private information. For a parametric class of problems with binary valuations, we characterize the optimal mechanism, and show that it involves bundling. Bundling alleviates the free riding problem in large economies in two ways: first, it can increase the asymptotic provision probability of socially efficient public goods from zero to one; second, it decreases the extent of use exclusions.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1441R.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
Date of revision: Apr 2006
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1441r
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