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

Hellwig, Martin

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2001
The title of a journal, publication series: Rationalitätskonzepte, Entscheidungsverhalten und ökonomische Modellierung
Volume: 01-16
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > VWL, Wirtschaftstheorie (Kübler -2011)
MADOC publication series: Sonderforschungsbereich 504 > Rationalitätskonzepte, Entscheidungsverhalten und ökonomische Modellierung (Laufzeit 1997 - 2008)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: 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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