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Public Goods in a Voluntary Federal Union: Implications of a Participation Constraint

  • Aronsson, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

  • Micheletto, Luca

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    (Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management)

  • Sjögren, Tomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

This paper re-examines the question of whether federal ex-post redistribution in terms of public funds leads to under-provision of public goods by adding the assumption that the member states are free to leave the economic federation. We show that federal ex-post redistribution no longer necessarily means under-provision of local and federal public goods.

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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 850.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 18 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0850
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