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On the Private Provision of Public Goods


This paper was stimulated by a paper by Peter Ware, who used calculus first-order conditons to show that a redistribution of income that does not change the set of voluntary contributors leaves the supply of public goods unchanged. In general, redistributions can change the set of contributors and also the supply of public goods. But we show that even in the general case there are some remarkably sharp comparative statics results.

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