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Anonymous price taking equilibrium in Tiebout economies with a continuum of agents: Existence and characterization

Nizar Allouch, John Conley () and Myrna Wooders ()

Journal of Mathematical Economics, 2009, vol. 45, issue 9-10, 492-510

Abstract: We introduce a model of a local public goods economy with a continuum of agents and jurisdictions with finite but unbounded populations, where the set of possible projects for each jurisdiction/club is unrestricted in size. Under boundedness of per capita payoffs, which simply ensures that equal treatment payoffs are bounded above, we apply results of Kaneko and Wooders (1986) to obtain nonemptiness of the core of the economy. We then demonstrate, under the stronger condition of strict small group effectiveness, that the equal treatment core coincides with the set of price-taking equilibrium outcomes with anonymous prices--that is, prices for public goods depend only on observable characteristics of agents. Existence of equilibrium follows from nonemptiness of the core and equivalence of the core to the set of equilibrium outcomes. Our approach provides a new technique for showing existence of equilibrium in economies with a continuum of agents.

Keywords: Tiebout; Jurisdictions; f-core; Core-equilibrium; equivalence; Edgeworth; equivalence; Continuum; economies; Crowding; types; Core; Equal; treatment; core; Large; games (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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