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Pareto improving interventions in a general equilibrium model with private provision of public goods

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  • Villanacci, Antonio
  • Zenginobuz, Unal

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Most of the literature on government intervention in models of voluntary public goods supply focuses on interventions that increase the total level of a public good, which is considered to be typically underprovided. However, an intervention that is successful in increasing the public good level need not benefit everyone. In this paper we take a direct approach to welfare properties of voluntary provision equilibria in a full blown general equilibrium model with public goods and study interventions that have the goal of Pareto improving on the voluntary provision outcome. Towards this end, we study a model with many private goods and nonlinear production technology for the public good, and hence allow for relative price effects to serve as a powerful channel of intervention. In this setup we show that Pareto improving interventions generally do exist. In particular, direct government provision financed by “small”, or “local”, lump-sum taxes can be used generically to Pareto improve upon the voluntary provision outcome.

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  • Villanacci, Antonio & Zenginobuz, Unal, 2004. "Pareto improving interventions in a general equilibrium model with private provision of public goods," MPRA Paper 183, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 07 Jun 2006.
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    1. Antonio Villanacci & Ünal Zenginobuz, 2007. "On the Neutrality of Redistribution in a General Equilibrium Model with Public Goods," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 9(2), pages 183-200, April.
    2. Antonio Villanacci & Ünal Zenginobuz, 2006. "Pareto improving interventions in a general equilibrium model with private provision of public goods," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 10(3), pages 249-271, December.
    3. Elena L. Mercato & Vincenzo Platino, 2017. "On the regularity of smooth production economies with externalities: competitive equilibrium à la Nash," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 63(1), pages 287-307, January.
    4. Villanacci, Antonio & Zenginobuz, Ünal, 2012. "Subscription equilibrium with production: Non-neutrality and constrained suboptimality," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(2), pages 407-425.
    5. repec:hal:journl:halshs-01162039 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Faias, Marta & Moreno-García, Emma & Wooders, Myrna, 2015. "On neutrality with multiple private and public goods," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 103-106.

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    Keywords

    general equilibrium; private provision of public goods; Pareto improving interventions;

    JEL classification:

    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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