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Anonymous Price Taking Equilibrium in Tiebout Economies with a Continuum of Agents: Existence and Characterization

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  • Nizar Allouch

    () (Department of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London)

  • John P. Conley

    () (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Myrna Wooders

    () (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

Abstract

We introduce a model of a local public goods economy with a continuum of agents and jurisdictions with finite, but unbounded populations, where the set of possible projects for each jurisdiction/club is unrestricted in size. Under boundedness of per capita payoffs, which simply ensures that equal treatment payoffs are bounded above, we apply results of Kaneko and Wooders (1986) to obtain nonemptiness of the core of the economy. We then demonstrate, under the stronger condition of strict small group effectiveness, that the equal treatment core coincides with the set of price-taking equilibrium outcomes with anonymous prices -- that is, prices for public goods depend only on observable characteristics of agents. Existence of equilibrium follows from nonemptiness of the core and equivalence of the core to the set of equilibrium outcomes. Our approach provides a new technique for showing existence of equilibrium in economies with a continuum of agents.

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  • Nizar Allouch & John P. Conley & Myrna Wooders, 2008. "Anonymous Price Taking Equilibrium in Tiebout Economies with a Continuum of Agents: Existence and Characterization," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0811, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Tiebout; jurisdictions; f-core; core-equilibrium equivalence; Edgeworth equivalence; continuum economies; crowding types; core; equal treatment core; large games;

    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D5 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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