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The Impact of the Number of Participants on the Provision of a Public Good

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  • Hellwig, Martin

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Under constraints of Bayesian interim incentive compatibility and individual rationality, the paper characterizes second-best allocations for the provision of a public good. If benefit and cost functions do not depend on the number of participants, it is always beneficial to have more participants. As the number of participants becomes large, second-best of public-good provision converge in distribution to first-best levels if these levels are bounded. If public-good provision levels are potentially unbounded, with isoelastic benefit and cost functions, then, with positive probability, second-best provision levels become large in absolute terms, but, relative to first-best levels, they go to zero.

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  • Hellwig, Martin, 2001. "The Impact of the Number of Participants on the Provision of a Public Good," Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications 01-16, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim;Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim.
  • Handle: RePEc:xrs:sfbmaa:01-16
    Note: Research support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through Sonderforschungsbereich 504 at the University of Mannheim is gratefully acknowledged.
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    1. Hans Gersbach, 2009. "Competition of politicians for wages and office," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 32(4), pages 533-553, May.
    2. Martin F. Hellwig, 2003. "Public-Good Provision with Many Participants," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 70(3), pages 589-614.

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