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Heterogeneity, returns to scale, and collective action

Alexander Karaivanov ()

Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009, vol. 42, issue 2, 771-807

Abstract: equilibrium public good level as function of various distributional properties and moments. A resource-valuation distribution that first-order stochastically dominates another distribution always results in higher expected public good provision level, independent of the production technology. With decreasing returns to scale in the public good production, higher resource inequality results in higher expected provision. With increasing returns the same result holds when the mean resource level is relatively low, but expected provision decreases in inequality when the mean resource level is high. A parallel result holds for agents' valuations.

JEL-codes: D61 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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