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When Samuelson met Veblen abroad: National and global public goods when social comparisons matter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden .
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Abstract [en]

This paper derives Pareto efficient policy rules for the provision of national as well as global public goods in a two-country world, where each individual cares about relative consumption within as well as between countries. Furthermore, we compare these policy rules with those that follow from a non-cooperative Nash equilibrium. The results show that both global and national public goods are systematically under-provided in Nash equilibrium under such relative consumption concerns.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012. , 21 p.
Umeå economic studies, ISSN 0348-1018 ; 843
Keyword [en]
Public goods, relative consumption, inter-jurisdictional comparison, status, positional goods
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60120OAI: diva2:557911
Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-10-01 Last updated: 2012-10-31Bibliographically approved

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