# The Role of Prices for Excludable Public Goods

@article{Blomquist2001TheRO,
title={The Role of Prices for Excludable Public Goods},
author={S{\"o}ren Blomquist and Vidar Christiansen},
journal={International Tax and Public Finance},
year={2001},
volume={12},
pages={61-79}
}
• Published 1 August 2001
• Economics
• International Tax and Public Finance
When a public good is excludable it is possible to charge individuals for using the good. We study the role of prices for publicly provided excludable public goods within an extension of the Stern-Stiglitz version of the Mirrlees optimal income tax model.We show that for a public consumer good there is a range of circumstances in which charging a price for the public good decreases welfare. We find that a necessary condition for a positive price to be desirable is that the marginal valuation of…
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