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On the Relevance of the Median Voter to Resource Allocation amongst Jurisdictions

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Allocation of local public good over three jurisdictions with individuals with heterogeneous tastes, in a model with democratic institutions and majority rule. The nature of electoral uncertainty, the expectations of individuals from government captured by their reservation utilities, and heterogeneity in tastes within a jurisdiction are observed to affect resource allocation [GIPE WP No.3].

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  • Santhanu Gupta, 2007. "On the Relevance of the Median Voter to Resource Allocation amongst Jurisdictions," Working Papers id:1145, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:1145
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