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Quantifying spatial misallocaton in centrally provided public goods

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  • Siva Athreya

    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

  • Rohini Somanathan

    () (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

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We show how an optimization algorithm can be used to approximately quantify the costs to users of spatial misallocation in centrally provided goods.These methods can be employed to evaluate the large programs of public good construction that have been central features of economic plans in many developing countries. We apply these methods to the allocation of post-offices in an administrative block of South India between 1981-1991 and find that more appropriate choices for post office locations could have reduced aggregate costs of travel to citizens in this area by at least 20.

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  • Siva Athreya & Rohini Somanathan, 2004. "Quantifying spatial misallocaton in centrally provided public goods," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 04-07, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
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    1. Guilhem Cassan, 2015. "Identity-Based Policies and Identity Manipulation: Evidence from Colonial Punjab," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 7(4), pages 103-131, November.
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    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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