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Welfare Analysis of the Number and Locations of Local Public Facilities

  • Marcus Berliant

    (Department of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis)

  • Shin-kun Peng

    (Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)

  • Ping Wang

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

We develop a discrete or finite household model with congestable local public goods where the level of provision, the number of facilities and their locations are all endogenously determined in a purely normative context. We prove the existence of an equal-treatment identical-provision second best optimum, where all households are required to reach the same utility level, the provision of local public good is required to be the same at all facilities, and all facilities must serve the same number of consumers. Such an optimal public facility configuration need not be geographically centralized even if there is only a single public facility site. Moreover, the optimal public facility configuration could be either concentrated (single site) or dispersed (multiple sites), depending crucially on the degree of congestability and the household valuation of local public goods as well as the unit transportation cost.

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0035.

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