Public Goods and Optimal Paternalism under Present-Biased Preferences
This paper deals with the optimal provision of a state-variable public good in a two-type model, when the consumers have present-biased preferences due to quasi-hyperbolic discounting. The results show that the preference for immediate gratification facing the (mimicking) high-ability type weakens the incentive to adjust the public provision in response to the self-selection constraint.
|Date of creation:||21 Jun 2010|
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