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Walras And The Concept Of Public Interest Goods


  • Alain Béraud

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Walras defines the goods of public interest as those of whom the need is smelt in all its extent only by the community or the State. The article studies the coherence of this definition, its implications and its relationships with the definitions which the economists had given or give public goods today. Walras et le concept de bien d’intérêt public. Résumé : Walras définit les biens d'intérêt public comme ceux dont le besoin n'est senti dans toute son étendue que par la communauté ou l'Etat. L'article étudie la cohérence de cette définition, ses implications et ses rapports avec les définitions que les économistes avaient données ou donnent aujourd'hui des biens publics.

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  • Alain Béraud, 2013. "Walras And The Concept Of Public Interest Goods," THEMA Working Papers 2013-13, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  • Handle: RePEc:ema:worpap:2013-13

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    Walras; public goods;

    JEL classification:

    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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