Relative preferences and public goods

Michael Reiter

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The paper investigates the optimal provision of public goods in the presence of relative income effects. It shows that the optimality properties of Groves mechanisms can be preserved by subjecting tax structures to a suitable coordinate transformation, provided that the strength of relative income effects are public knowledge. If relative income effects are private knowledge, standard modifications of the Clarke mechanism that guarantee a balanced budget may be used to obtain an efficient provision of the public good. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-585
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000


  • Incentive-compatible mechanisms
  • Public goods
  • Relative-income effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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