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Optimal Provision of Public Goods with Altruistic Individuals

  • Eduardo Ley

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We study the optimal provision of public goods in the context of a special class of altruistically linked utility functions. We show that the usual Samuelson condition holds as if the utility functions were independent.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 9607001.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: 08 Jul 1996
Date of revision: 06 Oct 2001
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:9607001
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