The provision of infrastructure: benefit–cost criteria for optimizing local governments
T. Daniel Woodbury ()
Additional contact information
T. Daniel Woodbury: Young Harris College
International Tax and Public Finance, 2020, vol. 27, issue 3, No 4, 552-574
Abstract This paper models the provision of a local public good that is simultaneously utilized as a public consumption good and a public intermediate good. Since the public good enters both utility and production functions, it is considered a “generalized public good.” This is done to model the provision of infrastructure by sub-federal governments, which is financed with taxes on local residents. Households are mobile in the model, and the theoretical analysis provides a benefit–cost rule for public good provision by a rent-maximizing local government. Illustrative calculations of the marginal cost of public funds are provided, and they show a wide range of values matching previous estimates of the marginal productivity of infrastructure. The impact of intergovernmental transfers on the provision of infrastructure by rent-maximizing local governments is presented.
Keywords: Public goods; Public inputs; Infrastructure; Cost–benefit analysis; Fiscal federalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H40 H70 R50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10797-019-09577-2 Abstract (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:27:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s10797-019-09577-2
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... ce/journal/10797/PS2
Access Statistics for this article
International Tax and Public Finance is currently edited by Ronald B. Davies and Kimberly Scharf
More articles in International Tax and Public Finance from Springer, International Institute of Public Finance Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().