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Time, Self-Selection and User Charges for Public Goods

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  • Anderberg, D.
  • Andersson, F.
  • Balestrino, A.

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Many public goods generate utility only when combined with time-input. Important examples include road networks and publicly provided leisure facilities. If it is possible to charge for the time spent using the public good it is generally a second-best Pareto optimal policy to do so even in the absence of congestion. An optimal linear user charge is analyzed within a standard optimum income-tax framework. Second-best public good provision in the presence of a user charge is also characterized and factors that influence the direction of optimal distortion of the public good supply are identified.

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  • Anderberg, D. & Andersson, F. & Balestrino, A., 1999. "Time, Self-Selection and User Charges for Public Goods," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 526, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:526
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    1. Alberto, Chilosi, 2012. "The economic system as an end or as a means and the future of socialism: an evolutionary viewpoint," MPRA Paper 37828, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Alberto Chilosi, 2003. "The Economic System As An End Or As A Means And The Future Of Socialism And Capitalism: An Evolutionary Viewpoint," Development and Comp Systems 0305003, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Sep 2003.

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    Keywords

    GOVERNMENT ; PUBLIC GOODS ; TAXATION;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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